Chancery Lane is brought back to life

Castle Court, a £3.7 million luxury retirement scheme has been officially opened in the centre of Thrapston.

Situated off Chancery Lane, the scheme boasts 29 one and two bedroom apartments that are designed for people in later life, with three available for shared ownership and the rest for outright ownership. The scheme offers residents a hassle free retirement as the external building maintenance and gardening is taken care of so they can make the most of their free time.

Built on the former site of a demolished care home, the residents of Castle Court can enjoy easy
access to the town centre and have a Scheme Manager on hand who can give advice and assistance whilst managing social activities, communal areas and maintaining the grounds.

Plans had been put in place to provide such a building after an Older Persons Survey completed in September 2010 by East Northamptonshire had highlighted growing local need for older people’s housing. “Specialist retirement properties are like gold dust in East Northamptonshire, especially in Thrapston.” Said Cllr Marika Hillson, Chairman of East Northamtponshire Council. “We’ve seen rapidly growing demand for this kind of housing and are delighted to see Castle Court come to fruition.”

The building uses traditional materials so that it fits into Thrapston’s historic aesthetic. Whilst a traditional look and feel has been achieved, mod cons come as standard including wifi, CCTV and access to digital and cable tv.

The specialist scheme has been built by Keystone Developments and Seagrave Developments in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council and Richard Julian Associates. Longhurst Group now manage the day-to-day running of Castle Court.

Ian Jackson, Executive Director of Portfolio Investment at Longhurst Group said, “Our mission is to deliver high quality homes designed for life. We’ve drawn on the expertise across Longhurst Group and with our partners to make sure Castle Court’s apartments really do offer luxury in retirement. We know that many people who are in retirement want to make the most of life and don’t want to be tied down with looking after a building and gardens, so we provide a Scheme Manager to look after things and to provide assistance to residents if they need advice. On top of independent living in a prime location, having a Scheme Manager offers a huge benefit for residents as the hassle of maintaining a home is taken care of.”

“Housing supply is crucial at the moment which is why Longhurst Group has committed to building 2,500 homes across the midlands over the next 5 years. We’re building houses of all shapes and sizes to meet the needs of local communities like in Peterborough and Northampton.”

Click here to see more pictures from the day.