Our Manchester team has submitted an application for Retirement Villages Ltd’s new concept living at Boughton Heath, Chester, redeveloping a former garden centre into a sustainable, extra-care retirement community in an accessible location that will integrate communities.
The scheme is designed around a series of six villas, connected via a colonnade and set within gardens and wildlife. A central street, community square and a communal terrace, creating a genuine community for residents.
In total 147 spacious apartments (private and rental) will be provided contributing to the acute local need for housing with care. Communal facilities including a swimming pool and wellness suite, community shop, café and bike hub, all aid placemaking; minimising loneliness, promoting an active lifestyle and ultimately enhancing wellbeing.
Partner, Dan Mitchell said “This is an exciting project and a first for the North, creating a new community for the retirement sector which is dramatically underprovided for in housing terms. It’s a highly sustainable scheme, zero carbon and has positive benefits to biodiversity – an exemplar later living scheme which will have no doubt have a hugely positive impact on residents wellbeing.”
Image: RCKa architects
Submission of the plans to Cheshire West & Chester Council follows a two-stage public consultation and unanimous support from two independent design reviews. When approved, this project will set a benchmark for developments in the region and the retirement sector. Expected decision early 2021