Old Garth Hill College Site could become retirement villageBy Becky Barnes
March 13, 2013
A derelict former secondary school site could soon be home to the borough’s first retirement village.
Bracknell Forest Homes (BFH) submitted plans to demolish the former Garth Hill College site, in Sandy Lane, and create 65 apartments, to be known as Clement House.
The proposed development features a spacious atrium, hobby rooms, IT suite, library, hairdressing salon, restaurant and mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.
If Bracknell Forest Council gives the plans the green light, 14 of apartments will be up for sale, while the others will be available to rent.
Linda Wells, BFH’s housing and community services director, said: “Subject to planning, Clement House will be the first of its type in Bracknell and is an exciting development designed to be a high-quality, modern home for older people of the borough.
“The new scheme will allow residents to live independently with access to care and support tailored to individual requirements.
“This development is an important part of the strategies of Bracknell Forest Homes and the council to meet the local housing, care and support needs of older people in Bracknell.”
Bracknell Forest Council will provide £2 million towards the cost of the development, plus funding for BFH to purchase homes from older people who want to buy one of the 14 new apartments for sale.
This will allow retired people to downsize to more manageable accommodation.
If the scheme is given the go-ahead, BFH anticipates it will be completed in early 2015.
Bracknell Town Council voiced concerns about the size and ‘bulk’ of the proposed building, and councillors suggested the structure should be limited to four storeys.
To comment on the plans visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk.
For further information call Julie Rose, supportive housing manager at Bracknell Forest Homes, on (01344) 382 910.