Watford retirement village gets planning approval

Planning permission has been granted for an Audley Group retirement village in Watford, Hertfordshire.

The development, which will provide 253 retirement properties, will be run by Audley’s Mayfield Villages brand. Mayfield Watford will form part of Watford Riverwell, a £400 million mixed use regeneration partnership between Watford Borough Council and Kier Property. The partnership will revive the area around Watford Hospital delivering new homes, shops, community facilities, schooling, jobs and public open spaces.

Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group, said: “Planning permission for our first Mayfield site is a key milestone in meeting the demand for high quality retirement housing across the UK. The support of the local authorities and communities has always been incredibly important to us, and we hope to continue our good relationships as we build Mayfield Watford. Having the village as part of a wider regeneration of the area is an exciting opportunity, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the health club and restaurants.”

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Mayfield owners will automatically become members of the Mayfield Club, with access to facilities, including a bar, bistro, swimming pool, village hall, fitness rooms and spa. The site’s facilities will also be open to the local community.

A selection of one and two bedroom apartments will be available for purchase, with one bedroom properties starting from £262,500.

As with the original Audley Villages model, all Mayfield villages will provide 24 hour on-site care provided by Mayfield Care. This is registered and audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and operated by the same team behind Audley Care. A total of 1,250 units are planned at Mayfield Villages sites over the next five years.

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