Retirement village given the go ahead

Artist's impression of planned extra-care retirmenet village
Artist's impression of planned extra-care retirmenet village

Plans for a 230-bed retirement village have been given the green light – despite opposition from the local council.

A planning application from the ExtraCare Charitable Trust for an extra-care retirement village, comprising 230 apartments and village centre communal facility, has been approved.

The large care facility will be built on land north of The Causeway, Wixams.

The plans faced opposition from local residents and the council.

A response submitted to planning authority Bedford Borough Council by Elstow Parish Council reads:“The council is extremely concerned over the height of this proposed development.

“There will not only be an impact on nearby residents, but also to motorists travelling along the A6.”

The plan was approved by councillors at a planning meeting on Monday evening.

Support for the plan was lodged by Wilstead Parish Council.

Nick Abbey, chief executive of the trust, said: “The Bedford village will offer local older people their own purchase or rental home linked to a wide range of social and active facilities, with care available for those who need support in later years. It follows our charity’s two successful villages in Milton Keynes which have flourished and are now a thriving part of their local communities.”