Land developer seeks opinions on emerging plans for a retirement village in Cambridgeshire
Axis Land Partnerships is holding a public exhibition and online consultation to seek opinion on developing a state-of-the-art retirement ‘village’ in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire UK.
By the year 2021, there will be an estimated increase of 54% in the 75 to 84 year old age range in Cambridgeshire. This will be most felt in rural districts, with East Cambridgeshire District forecast to experience the second highest level increase across the County at 53%*
A retirement village helps meet this need by providing specialist housing which aims to deliver a life-enhancing impact for those that live there as well as benefits for the wider community. It would offer both homes for sale and for rent, with care and support available to suit people’s individuals needs. It also has facilities that can be open for the wider community to benefit from such as wellness facilities and new green open space.
Phil Grant, Director at Axis Land Partnerships said: “We think this is a good location to meet some of the needs for older people given the existing transport links and active local community and economy in Bottisham – two key criteria for choosing this location. We have been carrying out a number of surveys in and around the site to inform our proposals and talking to a number of people as part of the process, and will continue to do so into the summer months.
The idea of this current consultation is to seek opinion about, for example, the concept of a retirement village in this location, what facilities might be included and to talk to people about what could be built should the plans be taken forward.”
The concept is a retirement village of up to 250 residential homes including a mix of independent living, semi-assisted and Extra Care**, new open space and landscaping and communal health and wellbeing facilities, plus the potential creation of up to 75 new jobs.
The plans include a central feature of new publicly accessible green open space – not currently accessible to the community – and which would provide a focal point for the village for young and old to come together, play and relax.