We’ve been delighted by the interest in our retirement villages, with people snapping up properties.

The strong demand is no surprise to us though, and is why we have ambitious plans to develop lots more retirement housing and care homes in the coming years. The work of my team covers everything from finding the sites and securing planning permission, right through to handing over the completed building.

It’s fantastic to see the culmination of that work at places such as Bishopstoke Park and Hampshire Lakes. But, while both of those villages will open within the year, work to find the sites and develop plans that meet the approval of local councils and communities can start some years earlier.

We’re now actively looking for sites for retirement villages, care homes and Extra Care/Assisted Living.

As England’s largest not-for-profit provider of older people’s housing and care, we started out in 1968 and have been building retirement developments for many years. In that time, we have refined our offer based on getting to understand what our customers want.

Our business plan to 2020 sets out an ambitious growth strategy and vision, to expand our brand of specialised retirement housing to meet older people’s changing aspirations. We plan to build more than 2,500 units of retirement housing in the next five years, details of which you can find on our New developments page.

With a strong financial position, we also have an excellent track record of securing complex planning consents for a range of specialist retirement developments.

We therefore have some clear ideas about the types of sites we are looking for.

We are hunting freehold/long leasehold sites of a minimum of one acre (developable area). We need self-contained sites with no through roads, ideally on level ground and will consider some mixed use sites. In terms of location, they should be prominent sites with road frontage, close to local shops and other facilities and within easy reach of public transport links, in good residential locations where house prices exceed the average for England and where the demographics are suited.

Sites for care homes

For our care homes, we want sites of one to two acres, suitable for a 60 to 80-room home in the following areas: Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex.

Sites for extra care/assisted living properties

For our extra care/assisted living, we’re looking for slightly larger sites - of two to three acres - suitable for a development of 60-80 independent living units in the following areas: Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex and Worcestershire.

Sites for retirement villages

For our villages, we are need sites of five acres and above in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex and Worcestershire.

With ambitious plans for the future, securing the right sites will be crucial if we are to deliver our promise of happy living for the years ahead for more older people.

For more information visit our Land aquisition page or contact us and ask for our Building Development and Estates Teams.

Dominic Hayes is Anchor’s Development and Property Director.

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