Retirementilláge could start in New Year after cash agreement
Plans for a new £35 million retirement village in Herne Bay moved a step closer this week after developers agreed to pump £400,000 into the town. Bethel Retirement Villages wants to build 117 one and two-bedroom apartments on the site of the former Christian holiday camp at Herne Bay Court in Canterbury Road. The scheme was conditionally approved in December last year and has since been the subject of talks over how much Bethel would hand over as part of section 106 contributions. Bethel chairman Norbert Baumker said:
“I’m delighted that we are now just a few weeks away from getting on site. Our professional team has worked extremely hard to complete all of the planning conditions required to deliver the scheme and then flnalise the property purchase. We’re passionate about the benefits of the retirement village, and we’ve been encouraged by the level of positive Interest and responses, even before we have started marketing the site.”
Mr Baumker confirmed that he wants to see work start in the new year, with hoardings to be put up around the site ahead of construction. He added:
“For Herne Bay it will certainly be a catalyst for regeneration and make a considerable contribution towards transforming the town.”
Much of the old buildings will be retained. The village will include 45 assisted care apartments and a speci1it on-site dementia care unit. There will also be a new clubhouse which will house a library, restaurant and bistro, a pool and spa and other sports facilities. Council spokesman Rob Davies confirmed £350,000 of the contributions would be spent on providing green space and parks, as well as improving existing parks in Home Bay. There will also be £51,000 put towards transport infrastructure in Herne Bay, which may include new bu.s shelters along certain routes. A further £21,000 will go towards libraries in the district and towards community learning schemes.
For more information about the plans visit www.hernebaycourtvillage.co.uk.
Herne Bay Gazette, December 11th 2014