‘Retirement community’ project at Horndean opens as work on 60-bed care home kicks off ahead of planned 120-home development on South Downs National Park boundary

In the first phase of the project, property developer Highwood Group, together with care operator Barchester Healthcare, has started construction of a 60-bed care home on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

Completion of the retirement home, which will include a café, spa bathrooms, cinema and hair and beauty salon, is scheduled for summer 2023.

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Inauguration (left to right): Jim Faulkner (Highwood Project Manager), Grant Jensen (Senior Barchester Property Development Officer) and John Black (Highwood Surveyor).

Grant Jensen, Senior Director of Property Development at Barchester, said: “We are really excited to launch this project.

“The new care home will be a fantastic addition to the Barchester Estate and will provide high quality care to the local community.”

The second phase of the project will be the retirement village, developed by Highwood Group in partnership with Inspired Villages.

Steve Matthews, Managing Director of Highwood, said: “This is the start of a truly exciting and ambitious care and retreat development, in a truly unique site on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

Site plan of the care home and retirement village at Horndean.

“Our teams of specialists have been planning this carefully for several years, from securing the land to obtaining planning permission. Seeing it finally come out of the ground is fantastic.

“We are absolutely thrilled to embark on phase one with our trusted and valued partner, Barchester Healthcare, and we are all excited about the plans for phase two with our new partner, Inspired Villages.”

The second phase has planning permission for 120 retirement residences.

Aerial view of the site of all recent development at Horndean.

The site will also include a village center with a swimming pool, gym, library, restaurant, bar/café and cinema.

Tendering for business reserved for the retirement village will be made in the new year, with work due to begin in 2022.

Neal Dale, Director of Development at Inspired Villages, said: “Inspired Villages is committed to creating industry-leading sustainable retirement villages so that people have more lifestyle choices as they age.

“We are therefore delighted to develop and operate the new integrated retirement community in Horndean which will sit alongside the new care home in Barchester.

“Our Horndean scheme will be a net zero (regulated energy) retirement village with features such as air-source heat pumps and solar panels, to benefit our residents and the wider environment.”

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