Published: 17:05, 12 May 2020
| Updated: 17:09, 12 May 2020
Plans for 50 more flats to be built at a retirement village have been approved.
Ledian Gardens in Leeds, near Maidstone, will now consist of 116 homes as well as a clubhouse open to the public, including a restaurant, café, swimming pool, gym and library.
Building at the Inspired Villages-owned site began last year, with some apartments due to be complete by 2021.
Over 65s moving into the one and two bedroom homes on the seven-acre plot off Upper Street will also have the option of assisted living.
Inspired Villages says securing planning permission "in spite of the current environment will not only give a much needed boost to the local economy in Kent, but also help address the chronic shortage of specialist housing for over 65s in the UK".
Chief executive Jamie Bunce said: "Receiving the go ahead to create more specialist homes for this age group is welcome news and a testament to the health benefits our villages offer.
"This has never been more important than in these challenging times with an NHS and social care system under even more severe strain."
Sales and marketing director James Cobb added: "Retirement can and should be the best years of your life.
"Ledian Gardens will provide much needed appropriate housing in the area for over 65s and help free up the housing market for young families."
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