Retirement village plans uncertain

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‘‘In a state of flux’’ is Tony Hammington’s description of plans to build a not-for-profit retirement village in Clyde or Alexandra.

Leaning Rock Village Trust wanted to build a retirement village which would include up to 100 residential units on a 4ha block of land on Dunstan Rd.

Deputy chairman Mr Hammington said Vincent Community Board owned the land and declined the trust’s offer to buy it on June 23, as the council was preparing a spatial plan to manage growth in the region for the next 30 years.
‘‘We are aware of other blocks of land [available] but this one on Dunstan Rd ticked all the boxes for us.’’

The retirement village would offer independent living, managed care and a secure unit if needed, providing a facility and care for different ages and stages of life.
‘‘We need flat land for accommodation and easy access for walking frames, plus being located close to health services and amenities like the bowling green is a priority.
‘‘We might end up with 60 to 80 units. However, we are in a state of flux.
‘‘We have had dialogue with council representatives.’’

A new retirement village was needed in the area as many older people preferred to remain close to family and where they had spent much of their lives, rather than moving away from Central Otago.
‘‘Our annual meeting is at the Alexandra Community House on August 20 at 7pm and we will hopefully have an update by then.’’