Caroline Nokes talks retirement housing on visit to Renaissance development
With retirement housing high on the Government’s agenda, Ringwood-based Renaissance Retirement took the opportunity to host a visit from local MP, Caroline Nokes, at its completed development on Duttons Road, Romsey this week.
The site was formerly home to the borough council offices in the town before its sale but has since been redeveloped by the retirement housing specialist with 52 one and two bedroom apartments. The link between local MP and the site’s former use is a close one as Ms Nokes served on Test Valley for ten years before entering Parliament.
Following a tour of the development, carried out by the company’s Managing Director, Robert Taylor, Caroline was introduced to one of the residents, Anne Gorst, who spoke about her decision to move to the scheme. Industry issues were the next item on the agenda for the Romsey and Southampton North MP, who took the time to discuss wider retirement housing and planning matters with members of Renaissance’s team.
Ann said: “I reserved very early and it was the right thing to do. I couldn’t be happier – it’s so spacious,” beamed Anne. “I love the central location, the south west aspect, the balcony, and the high ceilings giving a feeling of even more space. And I’ve got stunning views of Romsey Abbey.”
“I was very pleased to meet the Renaissance team at their newest Romsey development, the Fleur-de-Lis in Duttons Road. High quality developments such as this are exactly what is required in Romsey, particularly with the increasing numbers of over 65s looking to downsize and, crucially, with such close proximity to local transport links”
Managing director, Robert Taylor added:
“It was great to be able show Caroline around our completed development and we’re grateful for the time she spent with us. Given the recognition of retirement housing by the Government lately, we also really appreciated the chance to talk to her about some of the challenges that we face as we look to plan and build our schemes.
“We were able to demonstrate that over 70 per cent of our buyers were local and were living within a 15 mile radius of Romsey. Many moved out of under occupied homes, thereby freeing up more family homes, which is a real positive for the local housing market.”
The spacious one and two bedroom apartments are impeccably finished with contemporary interiors, whilst owners also have access to an owners' drawing room and landscaped gardens.
Renaissance Retirement has a distinguished history; the company was handpicked by HRH Prince of Wales to build a landmark collection of retirement apartments in the heart of Poundbury, Dorchester.
Noticing a demand for luxury retirement housing, Renaissance Retirement design, build and manage luxury retirement developments, with communal areas meticulously cleaned and maintained to ensure a level of comfort that one would expect in a 4 star hotel.
The Duttons Road scheme is now over 80 percent sold with interest having been strong since properties were first released for sale last year. Prices start from £275,000 to £525,000.