Proposed retirement village for Bournville

By on 23/03/2012 in News

Birmingham City Council and its partners will create a £35m retirement village offering over 200 homes for local older people.

The village, located on the old Bournville College site on Bristol Road will include pioneering health and leisure facilities and award-winning care.

Subject to a successful planning submission in early 2012, Birmingham City Council, Bournville Village Trust and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust will push ahead with the new development in 2013.  The Village could open by 2015 with 30 locally-recruited staff working within the new community.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a very exciting project and I’m proud to work in partnership with The Extracare Charitable Trust and Bournville Village Trust in order to achieve this new retirement village in Birmingham.

“Five years ago there were no retirement villages in the city, and now, five years on, we have a total of five which is remarkable.  The fact that we’ve been able to progress with these villages so quickly is testament to the City Council's successful working partnerships in the housing sector.”

The Bournville Retirement Village will offer a wide choice of options including, purchase, shared ownership and rental homes with an on-site benefits team providing specialist advice to ensure that all applicants, even those with an existing tenancy and minimum state pension, could be considered for a new home.

Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “The site on Bristol Road lends itself ideally to meeting the needs of older people and we are excited by the opportunity to work with Extracare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council on a project which enables people to receive care and support in their own homes whilst enjoying a range of fantastic facilities which enhance their lifestyle and indeed their health.”

Commenting on the Bournville proposals,  ExtraCare Chief Executive Nick Abbey said: “Bournville Village Trust, ExtraCare and The City Council have a common ambition to provide good-quality homes within inspirational communities that are affordable especially for those in need.  Together, we are in a strong position to regenerate this site, providing a Village that transforms older peoples' lives and is actively involved with its surrounding community.”

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Notes to Editors-
The six-acre proposed Bournville Retirement Village Partners will provide a state-of-the-art, sustainable community that could benefit over 300 older people.  It would encourage social and active participation amongst all age groups within the local neighbourhood.

The retirements Village Centre would include a restaurant, gym, well-being centre, IT facilities, shop, café and landscaped gardens.

Residents of the village would have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities including choir singing, Tai Chi, writing, drama, wheelchair aerobics and woodwork, all designed to support independence and improved social opportunities, especially for those at risk of isolation.

The current timetable for the Charity's five-village programme in Birmingham is as follows:

New Oscott Village, Erdington (opened 2010)
Pannel Croft Village, Newtown (opens 2012)
Hagley Road Village, Harborne (opens 2014)
Bournville Village, Bristol Road, Bournville (opens 2015)
Shaftmoor Lane Village, Acocks Green (opens 2015-16)

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