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Big plans .. An artist's impression of Summerset's Richmond village, near Nelson, which is due to open in September. The company says its Richmond complex is of a similar size and scale to its development planned for Rangiora. IMAGE: SUPPLIED

By ROBYN BRISTOW

A $150 million retirement village planned for Rangiora is expected to generate up to 60 permanent jobs.

The Summerset complex will also employ about 300 people during the construction phase.

Summerset, which has 26 villages across New Zealand, has bought nine hectares at 141 South Belt for the complex. It has started in-house design of the overall layout of the village.

It is working toward lodging resource consents for earthworks and construction with the Waimakariri District Council by mid next year.

Summerset chief executive Julian Cook says once the village is operational about 60 permanent jobs will be created.

While the finer details of the village are not yet ready, it will have more than 300 independent living units, including two and three-bedroom villas and serviced apartments.

“It will also provide rest-home and hospital-level care, as well as our state-of-the-art memory care apartments for people living with dementia,” he says.

The new memory care apartments will be opening in the Summerset On Cavendish village in Casebrook, Christchurch, in mid-2020, for people who would like to see the specialist facilities they offer, he says.

Residents will have access to a range of community facilities, including a residents’ bar, ndoor pool, exercise room, barbecue facilities, lounge, library, hair salon, and an all-weather bowling green. An on-site activities co-ordinator will organise events for residents.

Mr Cook says Rangiora is a highly rated place to retire, with the Waimakariri’s population aged 75 and over forecast to increase 30% over the next four years.

The land purchase, which is subject to Overseas Investment Office approval, has been submitted and is being processed, he says.