The new Hughenden Gardens Retirement Village has been officially opened.
The village was officially opened on Tuesday 25th September 2018 by residents Pamela and Bryan Walker, Cllr Netta Glover (the Chairman at Buckinghamshire County Council) and Cllr Tony Green (the Chairman at Wycombe District Council).
More than 120 older people had moved into Hughenden Gardens Village during the summer of 2018 with apartments available for outright sale, shared ownership and rent.
The residents include 88 year old Bryan Walker who moved to the village with his wife Pamela, 78. Bryan lives with a number of chronic health conditions and is receiving care at his new village home. Before the move Bryan was not receiving the help he needed. He says: ‘It’s wonderful for all sorts of reasons. For me personally, I have all the care I possibly need now and for later life. It’s reassuring and gives Pam the freedom to do her own things.‘
There are 260 one and two bed apartments in the village which is set across approximately five acres. Facilities include a bar and bistro, village hall, IT suite, hair and beauty salon, gym and shop.
The village opened as part of a £54.5m development programme between retirement charity The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council. A contribution of £1.4m was made from Homes England through the Department of Health and Social Care’s Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund.
ExtraCare Charitable Trust Chief Executive, Mick Laverty, said: ‘As a charity we’re proud that our villages support older people with a diverse mix of interests, circumstances and health needs.
We’re pleased to be offering the new residents at Hughenden Gardens Village a secure and comfortable home, with care if they need it. It’s a new kind of retirement living where older people, and their friends and family can enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle as part of a vibrant community.‘
Mrs Netta Glover, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: ‘It is a truly wonderful development. It offers the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling and interesting life in one’s later years.‘
Cllr Steve Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration will be at the opening. He said: ‘It’s really exciting to see Hughenden Gardens now officially open and to know that already many residents have moved in to make this their new home.
This new ExtraCare village is a key part of the council’s vision to bring people and jobs back to this site. I’d like to wish a really warm welcome everyone who has chosen Hughenden Garden Village to be their new home and congratulate ExtraCare on investing in this site and in High Wycombe.‘
A short internal fly through of Hughenden Gardens Village can be viewed below :