Building retirement village schemes around historic buildings

9th October 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

  The Leicester Mercury carried a story last week about English Heritage’s fight to stop 18th century Scraptoft Hall near Leicester being renovated as part of a multi-million pound retirement village scheme. The national conservation watchdog, according to the report, says the proposal…

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The need for a sustainable assisted living model

30th September 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

In the past 5 years there has been a substantial increase in interest in providing specialist retirement housing with a number of new entrants into the market joining the established providers. Unfortunately, the UK planning system, which typically moves at the speed of…

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Celebrating New Homes Week with a new retirement development

30th September 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

We celebrated New Homes Week with the launch of our brand new retirement development at Mayford Grange near Woking in Surrey. The celebration at Mayford turned into a complete month of activities as we opened the development with a whole host of events,…

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Should the default retirement age be 65?

24th August 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

In March 2009, European Judges confirmed that the UK Government will have to overcome a high hurdle in the UK courts to explain why it’s social or employment policy objectives justify the National Default Retirement Age (updated) and therefore allow forced retirement. This has…

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Retirement villages – What’s in a name

10th August 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

Sharing the same name as the product we sell and manage has its definite benefits – but there can also be some negative moments. Our company has been called Retirement Villages for over 25 years now and for a large proportion of that…

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Retirement property resilient to credit crunch

30th July 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

The ageing process is no respecter of economic cycles and consequently our retirement villages’ product has proved to be relatively resilient compared to open market housing in the credit crunch. For our customers, the decision to move is partly aspirational and partly needs…

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Sheltered housing model is flawed

10th July 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

Sheltered housing as a serious living alternative for older people is outdated and irrelevant. We need to be following the lead of America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and building retirement communities which give older people the lifestyle they deserve. The ‘Nobody’s…

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