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Havering Council approves plans for modern retirement village in south Hornchurch

Concept art of what the new site may look like (credit: Havering Council)

Plans to build a modern retirement village in south Hornchurch have been approved.

Joint venture partners Havering Council and Wates Residential submitted proposals to redevelop the Solar, Serena and Sunrise House site in November 2019. 

The scheme was approved at a virtual meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee on Thursday, 25 June. The Mayor of London will consider the plans before a final decision is made. 

It would see 175 new homes built on the site, 80 of which would be available for affordable rent while the remainder would be split between shared ownership and open market sale.

All of the homes are reportedly designed to meet the needs of people who are approaching retirement age or those who have already reached it. 

As a result, the site would include a residents’ lounge to help tackle social isolation. 

A treatment studio for health and wellness would also be available, which may also be used by council support services, GP’s and other NHS staff to provide on-site support for some residents’ routine healthcare needs. 

Residents would also have access to flexible storage space for either bicycles or mobility scooters and all homes would have solar PV panels to help keep service charges at an affordable cost.

“Our impressive proposals mean that our new retirement village will allow our older Havering residents to live fulfilling, independent lives in a state-of-the-art community, and to also access the holistic support they might need in later life,” said Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White. 

The site is one of 12 included in the ’12 Estates’ regeneration programme, which will see around 3,500 homes delivered by the joint venture partners in Havering over the next 12 to 15 years.

The £1 billion programme will seek to double the amount of council rented accommodation and more than double the number of affordable housing.

“Securing approval to regenerate the Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts site is fantastic news and marks another key step in our partnership with Havering Council to deliver thousands of new homes for local people, as well as new community investment, employment and training opportunities,” said Kate Ives, Development Director for Wates Residential.

“We believe that everyone deserves a great place to live so we are delighted to be bringing forward much-needed, modern homes for retirement living to support the future of Havering and to meet the needs and aspirations of local people. We look forward to progressing work on site, which is due to commence later in the year.”

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