Watford retirement village planning permission announced by Audley Group


Mayfield Villages, the new retirement villages proposition from Audley Group, has secured planning permission to begin work on its first site in Watford.


Mayfield addresses the increasing demand for modern, mainstream retirement accommodation in the UK. This new type of village will transform the way in which older people live by offering high quality, modern housing. Watford is the 19th site within the portfolio of Audley Group, the UK’s leading provider of luxury retirement villages, and continues the Group’s unbroken record in achieving planning permission for new developments.


Once complete, the village will become a 25,824 sqm vibrant retirement village with 253 properties. It will be centered around the Mayfield Club, to include a buzzing bar, bistro, swimming pool, village hall, fitness rooms and spa. Mayfield owners will automatically become members of the club, and the facilities will be available to those in the local community. A selection of one and two bedroom apartments will be available for purchase, with one bedroom properties starting from £262,500.


Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group, said: “Planning permission for our first Mayfield site is a key milestone in meeting the demand for high quality retirement housing across the UK. The support of the local authorities and communities has always been incredibly important to us, and we hope to continue our good relationships as we build Mayfield Watford. Having the village as part of a wider regeneration of the area is an exciting opportunity, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the health club and restaurants.”


Mayfield Watford will form part of Watford Riverwell, a £400 million mixed use regeneration partnership between Watford Borough Council and Kier Property. The partnership will revive the area around Watford Hospital to deliver an exciting new community comprising of new homes, shops, community facilities, schooling, jobs and public open spaces.


As with the original Audley Villages model, all Mayfield villages will provide 24 hour on-site care provided by Mayfield Care. This is registered and audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and operated by the same team behind Audley Care. A total of 1,250 units are planned at Mayfield Villages sites over the next five years.


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