College site retirement village plans set to be submitted

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PLANS for a retirement village at Henley College are set to be submitted to Stratford District Council, this month (October).

The college closed for students in July 2016, but the on-site sports hall and pitches remains open.

John Vickery, director of Estates at Warwickshire College Group (WCG) revealed: “The college is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts with Octopus Healthcare, for the development of a retirement village that will comprise of an extra care retirement facility, with associated elderly care home on 13 acres of the site.”

Mr Vickery said that it is envisaged that a planning application will be submitted in October, which will provide full details of the scheme.

He added: “WCG is committed to remaining an active part of the Henley community and is retaining the sports hall and pitches.”

Meanwhile, staff at the on-site sports and fitness centre recently carried out community research in Henley.

The feedback was positive, with regards to keeping the sports facilities open, improving the facilities for the community, as well as making it more of a community hub, encompassing physical activity and wellbeing.

Currently there is a gym, sports hall, studio area and changing rooms, as well as an astro turf pitch and grass sports pitches. The facilities are hired out to the public and clubs in the area, throughout the week.