Care Community at Grove Farm, Llanfoist: This is a proposal for an integrated Care Village on the site of Grove Farm, Llanfoist, Abergavenny. The desire for the old farm amidst the magnificent lakeside setting is to create a supportive community for the burgeoning senior population of North Monmouthshire.
Our thinking has its origins in a new approach to design amidst widespread demographic concerns for the provision of housing for an ageing population with increasing demands upon healthcare services. We would like to establish a wholly sympathetic environment, with security, comfort and support for retirees. We are proposing a partnership between,private, public and voluntary bodies in a collective approach to delivering 21st Centuary homes.To encompass; extra care, affordable retirement appartments, and accomodation for the over 55's. To create a balanced community of people with various stages of retirement and health needs ,financially able and not so able. The onward interest of residents physical and mental wellbeing would be fundamental.
The manorial farmhouse has its origins in the 1400’s with all its out buildings and 40 acres functioning to the present day as a working farm. The soft rolling landscape of the Usk valley under the Brecon Beacons National Parkland, adjacent canal and golf course offer an ideal location for such a well designed visionary scheme.
The HRH Princes Foundation for the Built Environment is working with partners in the private and public sectors to develop exemplar sites with integrated care at its core. Grove Farm has been brought to the attention of the Princes Foundation and is considered suitable in terms of its location and demographic catchment for such a development. Most important the present owners are receptive to the application of the Foundation principles. The Foundation has established elsewhere that to achieve sustainable development it is essential to work with the landowners in the implementation of a long term development strategy. Put simply, commercial developers and volume house building are not producing sustainable development. The Foundations preferred model employs the principal of stewardship. The longer term interest of public/private sector partnership in the land ownership beyond its development and sale is critical.
It is intended that the Care Community will offer significant employment for the pool of local experienced care personnel. Not forgetting gardeners, maintenance and food providers. We estimate a minimum of 100 full time staff being required.
The Tithe Barn for example could lend itself to being a swimming pool and Wellbeing centre. The lakeside barn a restaurant and shop. Whilst the farm house, a medical centre. The farm yard would become the focal point for community life. There would need to be a communal meeting hall, offering courses, study and gossip. With the extension of life expectancy ever increasing the need for stimulating, exercise and occupational interests are evident. We envisage addressing these challenges.