Councillors have unanimously approved an application for a 150-unit retirement village in the grounds of Oakley Hall Hotel in Basingstoke.

The outline application, put forward by Forest Care and the Fogarty Group, was approved by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s development control committee on October 6.

It will occupy 22.7 hectares of the 128-hectare site and include a community hub with a spa, gym and pool, a lounge, a hobbies room, treatment and meeting rooms, bar/café/dining areas and a laundry.

David Murray-Cox from Turley, representing the applicant, said there is a growing number of older people in the area with a growing need for care.

He added: “The supply of sites in this area to meet those needs is nowhere near the level to properly serve that community.”

The meeting heard a previously-approved scheme for 33 homes had already established the principle of development.

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