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New Retirement Housing Development will Help Buyers Downsize

Published On: June 9, 2015 at 8:58 am


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McCarthy and Stone – the UK’s leading retirement house builder – is providing a new stress-free initiative, which hopes to make moving home quicker for retirees in Leeds.

Retirees looking to move to the new Thackrah Court development will be presented with a cash offer within ten days of their property being valued.

McCarthy and Stone are encouraging potential buyers to reserve a place at the Smart Move Open Day at Thackrah Court on Shadwell Lane on 11th June between 11am and 3pm. The sales team will be present to answer any questions. Those making an offer before 4th July will receive a £500 discount and £1,000 towards solicitors’ fees.

The new Smart Move scheme aims to reduce the stress involved with selling on the open market. It will hopefully help buyers downsize to high-spec, low-maintenance apartments. The house builder will also deal with all removals, ensuring buyers’ belongings are transferred free of charge.

Sales Manager for McCarthy and Stone, Karen Harrowell, says: “Visitors to Thackrah Court have instantly fallen in love with the great location and enjoyable lifestyle it offers in retirement.

“Once the decision has been made to downsize, it can be extremely frustrating to have to wait to sell an existing property, so we want to make it as easy as possible for retirees in the Leeds area to make the move by taking away the worry of removal fees and the uncertainty of selling on the open market.”1

The Assisted Living development at Thackrah Court has been created for the over 70s and combines conventional retirement living with residential care. Homeowners will have independence but the peace of mind of 24/7 security and support services.

Onsite is a table service restaurant, homeowners’ lounge, lift, and flexible domestic and care packages, which are personalised based on the homeowner’s needs.

An estate manager ensures the development runs smoothly, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Thackrah Court is in the suburb of Shadwell, just six miles from Leeds city centre. Surrounding the development are many facilities, including: a medical centre, dentist, post office, library, newsagent, churches, social club and tennis club. There are also good transport links to Leeds and Harrogate.

To book a place on the open day, call 0113 268 9562 or for more information, visit




Call for More Retirement Housing

Published On: January 29, 2014 at 9:30 am


Categories: Property News


The Government should be doing more to encourage more investments in dedicated retirement housing, says a retirement rental company that specialise in letting properties to over-55s.

Call for More Retirement Housing

Call for More Retirement Housing

Peter Girling, of Girlings Retirement Rentals, states that the demand for specialist retirement flats and houses is exceeding supply, particularly in London and coastal towns, such as Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Poole, and Brighton, where there are traditional elderly communities.

Girling claims: “We have thousands of new enquiries each year from people attracted by the affordability of renting and the availability of assured lifetime tenancies. However, there are simply not enough retirement properties to meet this demand.”1

 A movement, the Campaign for Housing in Later Life, to promote retirement housing was launched last year by the Home Builders Federation. They have since published a report confirming that 3.5 million people over 60 in the UK are interested in retirement houses.

However, with just 506,000 retirement units, 106,000 available for homeownership and 400,000 for rent, specific communities for retirement remain sparse.

One of Britain’s largest retirement developers, McCarthy & Stone’s Gary Day claims that 65% of planning applications to construct retirement housing are initially rejected.

He is calling for councils to give priority to retirement homes through looser S106 (Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) and other social housing requirements, normally expected by developers building private properties.