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Albourne Retirement Village

Fostering wellbeing with a distinctive landscape, sense of place, and rich biodiversity

  • 60+

    Tree Varieties

  • 67

    Perennial Varieties

  • 84


  • Burgess Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom

    Burgess Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Setting the standard for nature-first development with a net zero retirement community

When their initial proposals for Albourne Retirement Village met with refusal of their planning applications, Inspired Villages reached out to our team to help. We drew together our planning, landscape, and development economics professionals to fulfil our client’s aspiration for a new type of nature-focused later living community.

Such developments often have a core focus on wellbeing, and we wanted to explore that in more detail—how biodiversity, landscape, and planting could create a truly uplifting place that enhanced its local context. We based our plan around an innovative planting scheme with a “right plant, right place” approach. We selected species that would advantage of seasonal ecological benefits all year round. Different areas of the site have their own distinctive aesthetics, while our strategic landscape design integrated the buildings carefully into their visual context.

We supported the planning application with a landscape and visual impact assessment and expert witness evidence at public inquiry, helping gain approval for Inspired Villages’ proposals.

The resulting rich, biodiverse settlement has over 60 types of trees and 67 perennial varieties, and we remain involved in advising on the future evolution of the landscaping. For residents, Albourne goes beyond just supporting secure, independent living, shops, and amenities, it fosters a sense of community and connection to the natural world.

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Meet Our Team

Matthew Chard, Landscape Director

I aim to enhance sense of place and reinforce local identity so that communities value these spaces and are proud to live within them.

Emma Coleman, Senior Landscape Designer

I love how landscape design can transform a new development, enhancing the lives and habitats of final users and wildlife.

James Donagh, Development Economics Director

Development is for and about people—an opportunity to broaden participation, increase social and economic wellbeing, and make a difference.
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Matthew Chard

Landscape Director

Emma Coleman

Senior Landscape Designer

James Donagh

Development Economics Director

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