Date: February 2010

YIMBY!  (Yes In My Back Yard!)
Retirement Village Welcomed in Oxfordshire

A new £60 million retirement village in Letcombe Regis, near Wantage, has been welcomed by the local community.  Rather than facing the ‘NIMBY’ problem so often encountered by new developments (not in my back yard,) Richmond Letcombe Regis, the only village of its type in Oxfordshire, has more of a ‘YIMBY’ (yes in my back yard) factor!

Richmond Letcombe Regis was granted planning permission in 2007 and its show homes were opened by Ed Vaizey MP in June last year.  Some 23 apartments within the retirement village have already been purchased off-plan with the first residents due to move in in March. 

Richmond Letcombe Regis -
bowling green.

Richmond Letcombe Regis - inner courtyard with olive trees.

Large bedroom – independent
living apartment.

Luxurious swimming pool within
the wellness spa.

L-R: Roger & Pauline Andrews, who have purchased a property in Richmond Letcombe Regis, Elisabeth Parker (village manager), and local villagers
Denise Elliott (Good Neighbours Scheme) & Robin Elliott
(church warden).

Reverend Alan Wadge, Rector
of St Andrew Church,
Letcombe Regis.

Over the past two years, award winning Richmond Villages, part of the Barchester Healthcare Group, has hosted several events for people living in and around Letcombe Regis, including a recent ‘Meet your Neighbours’ gathering.  Some 40 future residents and their families from locations around the UK enjoyed the chance to meet around 70 people from the local community.

Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, says:  “We were delighted so many local people came to our recent get-together and are most grateful for the support they have shown us over the past couple of years.   Integration with the communities where we build our retirement villages is so important to us.  We are not a closed-off retirement home where residents can feel isolated from the real world, quite the opposite in fact.  We actively encourage local people to come into our villages and to share our facilities; through various social clubs and organised activities are borne great friendships.  It’s very much a two-way relationship!”

The thatched Lodge, which currently serves as the sales and marketing centre at the retirement village, is available to the local community and has already been used for various meetings; when all the homes are sold, this attractive building will be converted into a village shop, providing a useful facility to the wider community.  Letcombe Regis itself now has a gas supply; gas was required for the retirement development and this amenity has been extended to the local area.

The Reverend Alan Wadge, Rector of St Andrew Church which is located next to the new retirement village, attended the ‘Meet the Neighbours’ event, and says:  “We very much want those who live at Richmond Letcombe Regis to feel they are most welcome and an important part of our community here.”

Frank Mahon, landlord of The Greyhound pub in Letcombe Regis, says:  “We wish Richmond Villages every success with the new retirement village and look forward to meeting the residents.  Around 50 pubs in the UK are going out of business every week, with local pubs serving small communities the worst hit.  This development is a real boost for us as it will bring new customers; it will also be good for the village as a whole.”

The retirement village addresses a real demand for more choice when it comes to living arrangements for the over 55s.  There are two types of accommodation available.  Independent Living Apartments are ideal for those who can live independently, but like the idea of being in a safe and sociable community where care and assistance are close at hand if needed.  These large apartments have a kitchen, living room and one or two bedrooms, with an en suite to the main bedroom.  Assisted Living Apartments are great for those who still want their own front door but who require some help with daily living; these include a spacious living room, kitchenette, one or two bedrooms and an en suite shower-room.

The company’s own on-site domiciliary care team provides as much or as little help as is needed 24 hours a day.  There is also an impressive care home at the heart of the village providing 24-hour nursing and dementia care.

Superb facilities include a wellness spa with a swimming pool that will be available to the local community, a restaurant, café, IT room and library, craft rooms and a bowling green.  The beautifully landscaped grounds include lakeside gardens and a nature reserve with disabled access for all residents.

Those who have already bought homes at Richmond Letcombe Regis will be arriving from far and wide, including Kidderminster, central London, Midhurst and Bridgewater.

Independent Living Apartments are priced from £295,000 (with one bedroom), Assisted Living Apartments are priced from £240,000 (with one bedroom).  Telephone 01235 773970 or visit

Address:  Richmond Letcombe Regis, South Street, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire, OX12 9JY.

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Notes to Editors

Issued by:                                           Anne Toomey/Jeremy Clarke/Tracey Bretherton
                                                          LawsonClarke PR
                                                          Tel: 01285 658844
                                                          Fax: 01285 650080
Ref: RV03/2010