Planning approval has been awarded for the construction of new retirement homes in Windsor town centre.
Niche care village specialist Retirement and Care Village Partners (RCVP) will develop a major care community for 150 new homes for senior citizens in the Royal Borough.
Situated on one of the town’s most prominent sites within walking distance of the town centre, the care village will provide a comprehensive range of new homes for seniors, from independent units through to assisted living, dementia care and nursing in a single building.
The scheme, which will enjoy views of Windsor Castle and Windsor Lawn Tennis Club, has taken almost three years to design and get approval.
Deputy head of planning at the Royal Borough, Paul Butt, said: “The proposals respond directly to the community’s policy towards accommodation for senior residents in the community. The approved plans will regenerate one of Windsor’s most prominent sites.”
Robin Hughes of RCVP added: “This is a tremendous step forward for the care sector and the senior community in Windsor and will create 150 new homes for senior citizens and extensive short and longer term employment opportunities for local people.
“We are seeking to finalise our funding arrangements in February with a planned start on site on 4 May 2012.”
With the retirement and care village market in its infancy in the UK; the sector has enormous potential and opportunity. Accessing the sector requires special advice in order to capitalise fully on the sector potential.
The retired population in the UK accounts for approximately 10 million people. This is a significant and fast growing economic force. Over the next 25 years, this section of the population is set to grow by 55% to approximately 15 million. This represents exponential demand in a sector where the supply side is currently small, fragmented and relatively unsophisticated. The retirement and care village concept is set to target this growing market.