Plans for new Broadbridge Heath retirement village move forward

Developers Inspired Villages plan to build 141 homes on land opposite the Wellcross Grange nursing home near Five Oaks Road.

In addition to the retirement homes, there are plans to build a wellness center with swimming pool, gym and fitness room, and a range of common areas such as shops and restaurants.

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A public consultation on the proposals is being held at the Bridge Leisure Center on Thursday 21 April from 3-8pm.

Broadbridge Heath retirement village project site

Inspired Homes says the development program will provide multiple health and social care benefits for the area as well as many employment opportunities for locals.

Planning permission for the development was granted in May last year.

Now, nine months later, Inspired Villages is preparing a detailed application for the first phase of construction which will include the “centre of the village” building which will include a hub for on-site communal services, as well as 48 apartments, cottages and bungalows.

Inspired Villages chief executive Jamie Bunce said the April 21 public consultation event would be an opportunity for locals to learn more about the development.

“At Broadbridge Heath, as we have done elsewhere, we are keen to ensure that our proposals listen to the concerns of local residents, while providing lasting benefits for all generations.

“In addition to the quality of our homes and the many jobs created as a result, we fully appreciate that residents have specific questions about our plans, and we look forward to answering those questions on April 21.”

Team members from some of Inspired’s other village developments will be there with information about the jobs that will be available.

Also present will be representatives of Inspired Friendships, a friendship service for residents.

Meanwhile, Inspired Villages says it is also exploring with the Arun and Rother River Trust how to improve the river setting and existing wildlife corridors in the area.

Inspired Villages currently has six operational villages across the UK with almost 1,000 residents, including Durrants Village in Faygate.

The company was created in 2017 in partnership with Legal & General.

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