A new range of retirement living homes are coming to Dunmow, and eligible residents are invited to reserve their place.

Stane House Retirement Living Development is designed for retirees aged 60 and over, and once complete will be comprised of 29 one and two-bedroom apartments.

The first occupants are expected in spring 2023, and the development will include a landscaped garden which will also serve as a setting for social activities during summer months.

Sam Watkins, divisional sales director at McCarthy Stone, commented: "We are really pleased to launch the forthcoming Stane House in Great Dunmow.

"It has been reported that people living in retirement housing are more likely to spend money locally than people of the same age living elsewhere, so the new McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development is set to provide much-needed added investment for the local area.

"This will ultimately help keep local shops and services in Great Dunmow open, whether it be the butchers or the local café, and will benefit many other businesses that often make up the heart of our communities."

A range of housing options will be available, including buying outright, rental, part-buy, or part-rent.

Once the homes are finished and future homeowners move in, a house manager will take care of the day-to-day running of the development, while a 24-hour emergency call system will be in place. There will also be a homeowners' lounge for residents to get to know their neighbours.

The developers are hopeful that the new homes will be a boost to the local economy and be an important milestone for the local community.

A spokesperson said: "According to the latest report by Homes for Later Living, retirement housing creates more local economic value and local jobs than any other type of residential development.

"It is also estimated that those living in a typical retirement development, such as Stane House, will generate £550,000 of spending per year, with £347,000 going to local shops on the high street1.

This will in turn help to support retail jobs and further enhance the local economy in Great Dunmow."