Work to start soon on USA-style retirement village as Government decides not to call-in decision (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Work to start soon on USA-style retirement village in Yarm as Government decides not to call-in decision
WORK on a £100m US-style retirement village is expected to begin “very soon” and could be completed within two years, it has been revealed.
The announcement - after the Government declared it would not call-in the decision for the village to be built - dashed protesters’ final hopes of preventing the work going ahead.
The controversial plan for Mount Leven Farm, near Yarm, was unexpectedly passed last month and according to the developers no time will be wasted building it.
More details about how the 350-home and 100-bedroom care home complex will built have also been released.
Javed Majid, of Maher Projects Limited, who secured planning permission from Stockton Borough Council despite serious opposition to the idea, explained he was talking to investors from the United Arab Emirates and they are expected to visit the site in the coming weeks. Hundreds of jobs would be created, he said.
The village will consist of one and two bedroom bungalows priced from £140,000 to £250,000 and there will be a doctor’s surgery, cafe, restaurant, gym and swimming pool.
The National Planning Casework Unit decided not to call-in the case as it was not against national planning guidelines. It is the third time this year the Government has upheld decisions made by Stockton council to permit house building programmes in south Stockton.
Mr Majid said the project would be of international significance. He said “I have spent several years researching developments like this, particularly in the USA, Australia and the UAE and will be working with the world’s leading advisors to ensure that Mount Leven is held up as an example of very best practice of how older people can live happily, safely and, for as long as possible, independently.”
The retirement village for the over-55s, thought to be the first large scale one in the country, was opposed by many in the village and James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, was also against it.
Many argued it was on protected green land, would create a gated community keeping sections of the community separate and could damage wildlife.
It was also argued too many new homes are being planned for the Yarm area which will put too much pressure on roads and services.
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