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Ed Vaizey Welcomes New Care Facility, New Jobs and £60million Investment to Oxfordshire

11 June 2009


Oxfordshire MP Ed Vaizey welcomed the forthcoming arrival of a new care facility and employment when he cut the ribbon to open three new show homes at the latest Richmond Village retirement village, at Letcombe Regis near Wantage, South Oxfordshire.

In officially opening the new show homes, Mr Vaizey said: “Our population is ageing at a dramatic rate. In 2006 there were 9.7 million people over the age of 65, and by 2036 that will have grown to 17 million. In Oxfordshire we are looking at a 126.5% growth in those over the age of 85 between 2004 and 2029 see note 2. Furthermore, by 2020 it is projected that there will be a need for 532 care beds within a 20 minute drive time of Letcombe, compared with the 297 available in 2002.

“ ‘Putting People First’ is a concordat signed by the Government, the Local Government Association (LGA) and social and healthcare professionals, and sets out a vision for the fact that ‘the vast majority of people want to live in their own homes for as long as possible.’ This fantastic new facility here in Letcombe provides a wonderful place where people can feel safe, cared for and part of a community.

“I am very impressed with the whole concept of Richmond Letcombe Regis. The variety of homes offered combined with excellent levels of care, services and facilities, provide the over 55s with a great place to live. I very much hope the retirement development will become part of Letcombe itself, and its new residents will get fully involved in local village life. Its nature reserve is a wonderful resource for the whole community, and I was delighted to play a key role in ensuring that the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust will be responsible for its management.”

The new retirement village will bring some 100 new jobs when it is fully operational, “tremendous news for those living within a 15 mile radius”, added Mr Vaizey. Richmond Villages is part of Barchester Healthcare Group, which was recently voted one of the top 20 companies in the UK to work for in The Times employee satisfaction survey.

The show home complex Mr Vaizey opened includes a Village Apartment (for independent living), an Assisted Living Apartment and a Care Bedroom, and demonstrates the different types of accommodation and care available within this striking new retirement village.

The £60m Richmond Letcombe Regis development is the only facility of its type in Oxfordshire. The new retirement village will also have a wellness spa with a swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment rooms and a hair salon; other facilities include a café, restaurant, shop, IT room and library, craft rooms and a bowling green.

The superb location of this retirement village near Wantage, just 10 miles north of junction 14 on the M4, makes it easily accessible for those living near Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and West London.

The village includes a range of deluxe apartments, which provide Independent Living combined with the reassurance of a secure and sociable community where care and assistance are close at hand if needed. These large apartments - averaging 1,000 sq.ft. in size - have a kitchen, living room and one or two bedrooms, with en-suite to the main bedroom.

The Assisted Living apartments are ideal for those requiring some help. The apartments include a spacious living room, kitchen, one or two bedrooms and an en suite bathroom.

Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, says: “Assisted Living bridges the gap between Independent Living and full time care. It means residents can enjoy having their own home without the worry of cooking and daily chores. We prepare all meals, which can be taken in a resident’s apartment or the restaurant, and there’s a daily maid and laundry service. Our own on-site domiciliary care team provides help, as much or as little as is needed, 24 hours a day. The Assisted Living package also includes all utility bills and full use of the facilities within the village. It’s a great place to live.

“We’ve been providing Assisted Living for more than 10 years and residents tell us they like having the best of both worlds; the independence of having their own front door together with the assistance and peace of mind we can give them.”

At the heart of the retirement village will be a care home for those requiring 24 hour personal and nursing care, part of which will be dedicated to specialist dementia care.

The sales office is located in a beautifully restored and thatched former gatehouse; this will be converted into a café and shop for residents and the local people of Letcombe, once all the homes are sold.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, nestling beneath the Ridgeway and just a few miles from the ancient White Horse chalk carving, the new village has been designed to complement the vernacular of the South Oxfordshire/Berkshire border. The buildings are finished in a traditional, warm and welcoming dark brick and flint style, with the whole site enjoying a rural location comprising landscaped gardens, a meadow with nature trail, large lake and a brook. This nature reserve will have disabled access, and is being managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. It will also be open to the public.

Independent Living apartments with one or two bedrooms, each with its own en suite, are priced from £295,000. Assisted Living apartments are priced from £250,000.

The sales office is at Richmond Letcombe Regis, South Street, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire, OX12 9JY, and open from 10am to 4pm daily. To arrange a visit, register interest or for further information, please call Sharon Hunt or Mark Young, the Village Advisors, on 01235 773970 or visit www.richmond-villages.com.