“Retiree community” plan for the Ringwood Raceway site

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A MAJOR development comprising hundreds of apartments and cottages for the elderly, a care home and community facilities could be built on the site of an established motor racing track.

Developer Inspired Villages has announced their proposals for Ringwood Raceway off Matchams Lane, just outside the BCP Council area.

A public consultation is due to take place next week on plans for a new “retirement community” as well as a nature conservation area.

Inspired Villages said its proposed program was financially supported by Legal & General and NatWest Group Pension Fund.

Ringwood Circuit

Stuart Garnett, Planning Director of Inspired Villages, said: “The new community we are proposing will provide high quality retirement housing on a site that was heavily developed previously and in desperate need of regeneration.

“We are working closely with organizations such as Natural England and the RSPB to present plans for a new nature conservation area, which will improve and protect the moors and habitats of Dorset much better.”

The site is currently home to Ringwood Raceway, which hosts a variety of motorsport meetings, including banger races, as well as other uses including vehicle storage.

Races have been taking place at the site for decades. The track is said to be one of the UK’s largest oval circuits used for stock car racing.

Salisbury Journal: The site entranceThe entrance to the site

If progressed and subject to planning approval from Dorset Council, the Inspired Villages proposal would include up to 330 age-reserved apartments and cottages, as well as communal and care facilities, which would include a cafe , a restaurant, a boutique, a meeting space, a hairdressing salon, wellness center, treatment rooms and village transport service.

A 60-bed nursing home is also planned, with plan age homes limited to people likely to be 70 or older. The developer is also proposing the creation of a new nature reserve of 33 hectares.

When completed, the development would create 40 to 50 new jobs in the area, Inspired Villages said.

Residents can share their thoughts on the plan online at Inspiredvillages.co.uk/village/matchams from October 25 and through a public in-person display between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on October 29, at St Leonards and St Ives Village Hall at Braeside Road.

The Daily Echo has contacted Ringwood Raceway for comment, but at the time of printing it had not received a response.


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