Following a three-day public inquiry in January, Hallam Land Management Limited, the strategic land subsidiary of Henry Boot PLC, and Blanchworth Care, the residential care home operator, have received Government approval for the development of an 8-acre retirement community on King Harry Lane in St Albans.
Plan for the land, which has been disused since July 2002, will see the creation of a 40-bed care home with community facilities including a swimming pool, gymnasium, therapy rooms, a day centre, 45 extra care/assisted living apartments, 16 key worker units and 65 age-restricted homes for persons over the age of 55. The community facilities will also be available to members of the public over the age of 45 and to disabled groups for a minimum of 28 hours per week throughout the year. In addition to 28 of the extra care/assisted apartments and the 16 key worker units being affordable, the scheme will provide for improvements to the local library, nearby parks, indoor sporting facilities and a contribution to local public art. Ruth McKeown, Regional Manager for Hallam Land Management Limited, commented: “We are clearly very pleased with the Inspector’s decision. Retirement communities are a relatively new concept in the UK and this development will make a significant difference to opportunities for independent living, choice and quality of life for older people within the St Albans area.”
Hallam Land Management is a part of the Henry Boot Group of Companies.
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“Henry Boot PLC and its Group Companies has, following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) implemented a number of measures which seek to bring about greater transparency and scrutiny into our various supply chains, in order to combat slavery and trafficking activities. Further to this, over the past year we have been reviewing the measures put in place and seeking to identify additional actions to strengthen our due diligence and transparency. The aim of the Act is in line with our own ‘Henry Boot Way’ Vision and Values, as updated in 2017, which include ‘Respect’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Collaboration’, all of which are relevant to our approach in this regard.
We continue to keep under regular review our Human Trafficking and Slavery Statement (the ‘Statement’), setting out the activities undertaken to reduce the risk of slavery and trafficking activities being present within our business operations. These measures include the introduction of an Anti-Slavery Policy, due diligence requirements, and mandatory contract clauses seeking compliance by our supply chain with appropriate anti-slavery measures. Additional measures that have recently been put into place to increase knowledge and vigilance throughout our organisation and supply chain include posters and awareness cards across our sites.
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Henry Boot PLC
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