New Luxury Facilities (in development): Ledian Gardens
Work has started on a new retirement village at Ledian Farm.
Work has now begun on Ledian Gardens, the new retirement village at Ledian Farm, which will be operated by Inspired Villages, an award-winning operator and developer of later living communities, established by Legal & General.
Ledian Gardens will help address the chronic shortage of age-appropriate housing in the UK and Kent. According to statistics, over 65s currently account for 18.2% of the local population. By 2030 it’s predicted there will be 125,000 over 65s in the village’s catchment area and nearly 20,000 over 85s.
Ledian Gardens’ central facilities will also form an important meeting point for residents and the local community. Once complete, Ledian Gardens will consist of 116 one-and two-bedroom homes for over 65s, with a village centre, including a 17-metre swimming pool, spa, gym, restaurant and shop, all open to the public.
Furthermore, Inspired Villages has pledged to support existing clubs and organisations in Leeds. Several of those looking to move into the new development have already expressed their interest in gardening and volunteering – something which would be of great benefit to Leeds, the church in particular.
Future residents of the village were on site to see construction commence on 22nd January, along with Inspired Villages’ Chief Executive Jamie Bunce and members of the project and construction teams.
CEO Jamie Bunce said: “Our country’s ageing demographic means there is a growing demand for an offering such as this – beautiful, age-appropriate homes in a safe setting that offer residents access to our incredible facilities, which focus on holistic wellbeing and, if required, flexible support options as our residents age.
Maidstone’s Gallagher Group carried out preparatory works, including building the main access road to Ledian Gardens last summer. Construction specialist Kier is now on site undertaking the first phase of building works.
Inspired Villages is committed to ensuring the construction work does not disturb residents of Leeds. Together with Kier, a strict traffic management plan has been put in place with all contractors instructed to access the site from the Upper Street / Sutton Road end of the village.
Any breaches of this should be reported to Kier at the site office, so that appropriate action can be taken. You can contact them via:
Until the marketing suite opens in the former Ledian Farmhouse – expected to be May or June – Inspired Villages is holding a series of Discovery Days when residents and potential purchasers can look at detailed plans of the site and the kind of apartments which will be available.
The next one of these is on Monday March 2, from 11am – 3pm at the Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road, Maidstone. Full details of how to register can be found on the company’s website www.inspiredvillages.co.uk.