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A New Retirement Community for Boughton Heath

The retirement village will give local people (perhaps you, your friends or family) more choices as they consider their housing needs as they age with homes available to buy and rent. Our retirement communities mean people can continue living life as they choose for longer, living independently within a supportive community where care and support are available when they need it.

Designed to be an extension of the existing community, the village will provide a range of amenities and outdoor spaces that local people will be able to use.

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Our Vision

Since we originally consulted you on the plans for a new retirement community the cost of building materials has dramatically increased due to factors such as COVID-19 and international supply chains being impacted by issues including the conflict in the Ukraine. This meant we had to take stock and find a new way to meet our ambitions for the site which include:

High quality design that reflects the local character with apartments set over six villas.
High quality design that reflects the local character with apartments set over six villas.
An exemplar of sustainability with low-energy buildings and use of renewable energy sources.
An exemplar of sustainability with low-energy buildings and use of renewable energy sources.
Encouraging green modes of transport with walking and cycling routes, a sustainable transport hub with cycles for hire and electric car charging.
Encouraging green modes of transport with walking and cycling routes, a sustainable transport hub with cycles for hire and electric car charging.
Improving wellbeing through generously sized homes, with lots of natural light and adaptable to residents’ way of life.
Improving wellbeing through generously sized homes, with lots of natural light and adaptable to residents’ way of life.
Communal facilities and outdoor areas which will support our residents to have an active and sociable lifestyle that can also be shared with friends and family.
Communal facilities and outdoor areas which will support our residents to have an active and sociable lifestyle that can also be shared with friends and family.
Increasing biodiversity with green and open spaces where residents and visitors can walk and cycle, including extensive gardens and a community square.
Increasing biodiversity with green and open spaces where residents and visitors can walk and cycle, including extensive gardens and a community square.

The Proposed Changes

We’re looking to make some changes to the plans which we’ll need to get approved by Cheshire West & Chester Council. We’re planning to increase the number of apartments from 147 to 155. By reconfiguring the layout and changing the mix we’ve been able to do this without increasing the size of the buildings or reducing the size of the apartments, while only slightly changing the overall design.

We’re increasing the number of parking spaces to account for the additional apartments so there will be the same ratio as agreed with the original plans.

The café and community space will be bigger and in a standalone building. It includes flexible studio space, a shop, a café and the sustainable transport hub. To account for this, we’re no longer planning a swimming pool at the village.

We’re planning the same amount of green space and improvements to biodiversity, and our commitment to sustainability remains, with the village aiming to be a net zero carbon development.

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Local Benefits

As well as providing local community amenities the retirement village will:

  • Provide a £39m boost to the local economy, creating more than 300 jobs through the construction process
  • Increase spending in the local area by £1.5 million every year
  • Create 300 jobs through the construction process with a commitment to sourcing suppliers and materials within 25 miles of the site.
  • 30 full time on-site jobs

Construction

We’re planning to submit a variation application to Cheshire West & Chester Council in the Spring and subject to the plans being approved we hope to start construction in the Autumn.

We will ensure that all impacts during construction are kept to a minimum and a Construction Management Plan will be agreed with Cheshire West & Chester Council before any work starts.

During construction we’ll keep you updated on any activities that could cause disruption. You’ll also be able to get in touch with the team at any time using the contact details on the back of this newsletter.

We expect construction to take around two years once the existing buildings are demolished. If you’re interested in moving to the retirement village you can register your interest on the website or give us a call.

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