PLANS for Kent’s first purpose-built retirement village in Herne Bay have been given the go-ahead by Canterbury City Council. The £35 million scheme at the former Herne Bay Court Christian Centre will provide 117 flats, 45 care suites and a specialist dementia care unit, as well as a clubhouse, spa, doctor’s surgery and allotment. The council agreed the planning application for Bethel Retirement Villages last year but the finalisation of a developers agreement for community contributions means work can now start. Norbert Baumker, chairman of Bethel Retirement Villages, said:
“Our professional team has worked extremely hard to complete all of the planning conditions required to deliver Herne Bay Court Retirement Village and then finalise the property purchase. I’m delighted that we are now just a few weeks away from getting on site. We’re passionate about our health and wellness focused retirement village and greatly encouraged by the very positive responses we have had in the form of the many enquiries received before any marketing activity has taken place.”
Safety hoardings will be put up around the site in the New Year and building of an on-site marketing suite and show apartment will begin. Units are available on an outright purchase, shared ownership or lifetime rental basis. Anyone interested can register interest at www.hernebaycourtvillage.co.uk or call the marketing office on 08005 879909. Prices start at £185,000 for a one-bedroom flat, with £285,000 the average for two bedrooms.
Herne Bay Times, December 17th 2014