Guild Living, Epsom

We obtained planning permission, following a six-day inquiry, on behalf of innovative housing-with-care developers, Guild Living, for their Integrated Retirement Community located in Epsom Surrey.

The development is focused on facilitating the residents to live their best lives, enabling independent, active and engaged lives within the community.  The scheme comprises 305 homes for older people, including housing-with-care, accommodation for the very frail and those with dementia and cognitive conditions, a children’s nursery, and 24 affordable key worker homes. A range of publicly accessible shared facilities including a restaurant, gym and shop, create a truly intergenerational development.

Our Solutions

The scheme delivers a large number of homes to address the critical need for high quality accommodation with care for older people. The development will also deliver on the Council’s housing requirements, providing smaller one to three bedroom homes to allow people to downsize from larger homes in the borough and surrounding areas.

The development will provide an integrated retirement community, with on-site care, which can be scaled to the needs of the residents. A full suite of communal facilities such as a gym, library, café and extensive landscaped gardens will encourage activity and interaction, with the objective of improving health and wellbeing and combatting the onset of frailty and dementia.

The Outcome

Having secured support from planning officers, the planning committee refused permission. Following an appeal, which found that the planning committee had erred in their consideration of the application, permission was granted. The appeal determined that the application was consistent with the development plan, and that there were significant scheme benefits which weighed in favour of the scheme. This important appeal allowed Nexus to highlight the many benefits of housing-with-care, and has assisted in confirming these benefits flowing from extra care / housing-with-care, including the cost savings to social care and health systems, housing delivery benefits and economic benefits.