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The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has been granted planning permission to build 16 cottages as part of Bournville Gardens, the charity’s fourth retirement village in Birmingham.

The cottages will form phase three of Bournville Village Trust’s College Green development, on the site of the former Bournville College on Bristol Road South.

When complete, it will combine housing for older people, including affordable homes for rent, with on-site health and social care facilities such as a GP practice and pharmacy.

The cottages will offer a mix of two and three bedroom homes for purchase for the over 55s. Using latest technology, they will be easily adaptable to provide for residents’ changing needs over time.

People living in the cottages will have access to Bournville Gardens’ exciting range of social and leisure facilities, including a café bar, hairdressing and beauty salon, fitness suite, greenhouse, library and IT suite. The 212-home retirement village opened last year, and is home to more than 300 older people.

Construction on the cottages will begin this autumn, and the first residents are expected to move in during late 2017.

Each cottage will provide a master bedroom with an additional one or two bedrooms, a fitted kitchen, spacious living room, shower room and either a small private garden or a combination of balcony and patio area. They will also be designed to meet the needs of older people now and in the future, with charging points for mobility equipment and “knockout panels” in walls and floors to incorporate hoists.

Residents will also benefit from the care services at Bournville Gardens where an on-site team delivers support to a third of the community in their own homes. The Charity has an integrated approach to care and lifestyle as residents’ homes are linked to sociable Village Centre with a range of holistic well-being and fitness services.  A sociable activity programme also ensures opportunities for volunteering.

The value of ExtraCare’s approach has been demonstrated by recent independent research by Aston University that shows care costs are slashed by more than a third at the Charity’s villages while health benefits for residents soar. This research played a role in ExtraCare winning the Outstanding Approach to Innovation award at the UK Housing Awards, which recognises innovative well-being and dementia services, the creation of cost savings and the delivery of better outcomes for people. Find out more at www.extracare.org.uk/research

Mark Curran, Development and Sales Director for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, said:  “Increasingly older people are looking for new opportunities to enjoy later life and this means providing innovative homes with the latest technology that support independence and offer a real alternative to traditional care provision.  These cottages provide that alternative and are a welcome addition to our thriving community here at Bournville Gardens Village.”

Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust again on the next exciting phase of College Green, Bournville’s flagship care village.

“Once complete, the Village will be home to around 400 people and these homes in particular will offer older people the opportunity to live independently but with the benefit of the other fantastic shared facilities at Bournville Gardens and the wider Village, including a health and well-being centre.”

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