Huge planned retirement village next to Derbyshire golf course

Plans for a retirement village comprising 240 homes for the over 55s next to a Derbyshire golf course have been submitted.

The app, from Prospection Ltd, would see the Bluebell Woods Retirement Village built on Wingfield Road between Alfreton and Oakerthorpe.

If approved by Amber Valley Borough Council, the project would include apartments, houses and bungalows, as well as space for an extension to Alfreton Golf Club.

This proposed extension, the request details, is part of the club’s goals to grow from an 11-hole facility to a full 18-hole course, as well as an “adventure golf” course, to become a ” golf center”.

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If approved, the project would consist of 24 two-bedroom detached houses, 36 two-bedroom townhouses, 156 two-bedroom apartments and 24 one-bedroom apartments.

A decision will be made by the borough council in the coming months.

The application states, “Residents who wish to be in the community will need to be over 55 and will have a care plan developed for their needs.”

There would be 480 parking spaces, a restaurant, cafe, convenience store, beauty salon, health facilities and a clubhouse.

The proposed overall plan for the project

The entrance to the site would come from Wingfield Road, close to the starting point of the accommodations in Oakerthorpe.

A statement from the nominees reads: “Bluebell Woods Retirement Village is an age-conscious, inclusive residential community that promotes the creation of healthy places, safe, independent, supported and affordable living that inspires well-being and a life healthy worthy, appropriate and durable.

“Part of the land will also be set aside for recreational outdoor golf activities in conjunction with the Alfreton Golf Club.

“In conjunction with Alfreton Golf Club, the development aims to provide additional golf facilities to the community, operated by the club to ensure the facilities are maintained for the benefit of local residents and the community.

“This provision is also part of the overall scheme in considering the place of health for physical and mental fitness.

“The effort to provide more age-appropriate housing is everyone’s responsibility, from the community to local and central government, we are all responsible to help prepare ourselves.
“It is clear that the nation needs to significantly increase the production of new adapted houses and the renovation of existing housing to meet the aging population.”

Walking paths would be created from the proposed project to the golf course and there would also be a ‘walk in the woods’ and a ‘memory garden’.

The area between Oakerthorpe and Alfreton has become a hotbed of potential development over the past two years.

Waters Homes Ltd plans for 37 homes were approved in August 2020 for land next to the golf club, also off Wingfield Road.

In December, the borough council rejected Kronos Solar’s plans for a 260-acre solar farm stretching between Alfreton and Oakerthorpe.

In September Chevin Homes submitted plans for 50 homes in a field alongside the A615/Belper road via Oakerthorpe.

Further housing projects have also been completed at Oakerthorpe, opposite the junction with Wingfield Road, and at Alfreton, at the junction with Eachwell Lane.

Meanwhile, the new £13.2million Alfreton Park Community Special School has recently been completed – off of Wingfield Road.

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