Inspired Villages, Legal & General’s later living business, has expanded its presence in Hampshire through the acquisition of a 10-acre site in Chandlers Ford, for the delivery of a new retirement community. The site has been acquired with outline planning permission to develop 151 new specialist age-appropriate homes, meeting strong local demand.
The new Chandlers Ford site will deliver high-quality facilities, including a wellness centre (comprising a fitness studio, gym and swimming pool), which will be available to local qualifying residents on a membership basis. Works are expected to commence on site early next year, creating 110 construction jobs per annum over a four year period, and 35+ permanent jobs once complete – further boosting the local economy and regional growth; playing an important role in a post-crisis economic bounce back. Chandlers Ford will mark Inspired Villages second later living community in Hampshire, joining Bramshott Place near Liphook.
Neal Dale, Development Director at Inspired Villages, said: “Acquiring a second site in Hampshire with outline planning permission highlights Inspired’s ambitions and outstanding momentum, while also emphasising the growing demand for specialist age-appropriate housing in the local area. I am proud of, and look forward to seeing, the vast and significant socio-economic benefits that will come as a result of our upcoming Chandlers Ford community. There is a need to provide greater support to our older people within society; COVID has shown us that ensuring the health and wellbeing of our older people, whilst supporting our NHS and social care services, is paramount.”
Phil Bayliss, CEO of Later Living at Legal & General and Chairman of Inspired Villages, commented: “Legal & General invests for the long-term in socially and economically useful assets, making the later living sector an exceptional match for our capital. We need to advance and accelerate the UK’s delivery of age-appropriate homes to meet our rapidly ageing population; this is not only crucial for wellbeing, but also for helping our overburdened NHS and social care services. Inspired Villages is committed to addressing the social and economic issues linked to the UK’s ageing population. The acquisition of our second site in Hampshire is yet another positive milestone for Inspired Villages and testament to its vision and commitment to the sector.”