Inspired Villages receives permission to develop further communities

The Turvey scheme will deliver 130 homes

Legal & General’s later living business Inspired Villages has secured planning permission to develop two retirement projects.

It will build a village on a six-acre site in Turvey, Bedfordshire, as well as second phase work at Ledian Gardens in Leeds, Kent.

The £60m Turvey scheme will deliver 130 homes for the over 65s and communal facilities for both residents and the local community. These include a restaurant, café, library, wellness centre and landscaped grounds.

The seven-acre Ledian Gardens scheme will provide an additional 50 apartments to its existing works. Main contractor Kier began construction on the first phase earlier this year, which will see 66 apartments and assisted living units, as well as a village centre with communal facilities that will open in 2021.

Once complete, Ledian Gardens will have 116 homes, as well as a restaurant, café, wellness centre, library and crafts room, available to the local community. The gross development value of the scheme will be £60m.

The planning permissions follow announcements last month for a 270-home, £215m scheme in Kingswood, Surrey, and a 200-home retirement community on a 12-acre site in Caddington, Bedfordshire.

Jamie Bunce, Inspired Villages chief executive, said: ‘Our retirement village model focuses on holistic wellbeing and creating supportive communities that help over 65s live healthier, more independent lives.

‘Receiving the go ahead to create more specialist homes for this age group is welcome news and a testament to the health benefits our villages offer. I would like to thank all of those who have been engaged in the planning process and supported our plans.”

Neal Dale, Development Director at Inspired Villages, added: ‘It is hugely exciting to see our development pipeline increase to 2,500 homes for the over 65s in six years and to know that Inspired Villages is helping address the chronic shortage of specialist housing for this age group in the UK.’