Longhurst Group Showcase Development for Older People
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
The Croft, an age-exclusive retirement scheme near Bourne, recently welcomed local MP Nick Boles to its streets. The parliamentary representative for Grantham and Stamford toured the development delivered in partnership by Keystone Developments and Larkfleet Homes accompanied by Longhurst Group Chief Executive, Bob Walder, and Group Chairman, David Armes.
Life at the 75 home development centres around a restored manor house where residents can enjoy communal facilities and social events. Mr Boles visited the scheme as they prepared to welcome friends, family and the wider community to a 1940s themed tea-party to commemorate the D-Day landings.
The visit occurred just hours after Longhurst Group were named as one of the top developing housing associations in the UK as a result of the number of high quality new homes they have brought to the region over the last year.
The MP shared his thoughts on the scheme via social media platform, Twitter, after his visit: “Longhurst Group’s The Croft in Bourne is a superb example of development for older people”.
Bob Walder commented on the need for specialist schemes for older people: “with an aging population in the UK and the number of people choosing to retire in Lincolnshire growing, it’s of paramount importance that older people can find homes to support their independence. Schemes like The Croft are designed with independent living in mind; Keystone Developments has invested in more than bricks and mortar as we aim to build communities where residents stay active and feel socially included. Events such as the D-Day tea party help people to cement new friendships and get the most out of later life.”