CONSTRUCTION is set to begin on a multi-million pound Hampshire retirement development which will create 100 new jobs.

The development, Friary Meadow, will be built in fields just off Cartwright Drive, near Titchfield Abbey in Fareham, and will cost approximately £35m to build.

The development, which was recently granted planning permission, will consist of a new 70-bed care home along with a selection of 86 luxury homes which will comprise apartments, townhouses and bungalows.

There will also be a care community building including a café, meeting rooms and a fully licensed restaurant, while the complex will be staffed with at least two team members who will be on-site at all times to deal with any medical or welfare issues that may arise.

The developers, Oak Retirement, in partnership with real estate fund manager Frogmore, was set up by Stephen Ladyman – MP for South Thanet from 1997 until 2010 and a former health minister in Tony Blair’s government.

Dr Ladyman said: “At Friary Meadow, our offer of luxury apartments with flexible services that adapt to individual needs, will leave people in control to enjoy their retirement.

“Our residents will benefit from high-quality independent living in their own luxury property with the knowledge of being able to access flexible on-site services should they need support.”

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: “Fareham has the highest proportion of over 85-year-olds in the UK so accommodation like Friary Meadow will help to supply much-needed housing for

the older generation which has been strongly supported by the residents of Titchfield.”

It has also been revealed that a new 39-acre country park in the heart of Titchfield will be built and managed by FBC. It will be the size of 20 football pitches.

Councillor Geoff Hockley, Hampshire county councillor for Titchfield, added: “I went up to have a look at the site and was very impressed; any properties that go up there will look lovely.

“I am also particularly pleased that there will be at least two members of staff on site at all times so medical

issues can be dealt with on site.”

The development will be completed by December 2018.