“Thank you for visiting the Inspired Villages Horndean website. The public consultation form has now closed, you will have an opportunity to comment on the proposals on East Hampshire District Council’s planning portal once the detailed plans are submitted later this month. We will keep this webpage up to date as the application progresses, and you can still contact the team using the email address found below.”

Please note, images shown are indicative and are of other Inspired Villages.


Location and connectivity

The site is located on Rowlands Castle Road, adjacent to the recently consented care home (Phase 1). Detailed planning permission was granted for Phase 1, the on-site care home to be operated by Barchester Healthcare, in April 2021. Construction began for Phase 1 in October 2021.

There will be new pedestrian connections into Horndean along Rowlands Castle Road constructed as part of the wider development. Whilst our villages typically produce fewer trips than traditional residential developments, we will also be operating a village transport service, typically comprising a minibus or electric taxi service for residents, staff and eligible members of the community to reduce private car dependency. 

The development

In February 2021, outline planning permission was granted for for the development of a care village comprising a 60-bed care home (Phase 1), a Village Centre and up to 120 specialist bungalows and apartments for older people (Phases 2 and 3). This planning permission secured the principle for the development of this site and set parameters within which detailed designs would be required to conform.

In September 2021, Inspired Villages purchased Phases 2 and 3 of the site, to contain the Village Centre and 120 specialist homes. We are now in a position to move forward with agreeing the detailed layout for the remainder of the consented development under the original outline planning permission.

Our proposals

The Village Centre building will include the following facilities;

  • Restaurant
  • Café
  • Multi-functional space for dining, crafts and activities
  • Well-being centre including swimming pool, gym, fitness studio and steam room
  • Hairdressers
  • Treatment room


The design of the buildings within Phases 2 and 3 draws reference from the surrounding architectural styles found within Horndean. The village apartments, village centre building and bungalows will be set within a landscaped setting, respecting the local landscape character of the nearby South Downs National Park.

Environmental Commitment

We aim to achieve Net Zero Operational Carbon villages by 2030, defined as “When the amount of carbon emissions associated with the building’s operational energy on an annual basis is zero or negative. A net zero carbon building is highly energy efficient and powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources with any remaining carbon balance offset”.

We have designed the village to exceed current environmental standards using Low-to-Zero Carbon technologies in the following ways:

  • New and emerging low carbon technologies such as ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and photovoltaics
  • High efficiency lighting and plant systems
  • Enhancing the design of the buildings
  • Providing better air tightness
  • We are providing electrical vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for all parking spaces. 10% of parking spaces will have EV charging points from day one of operation. We will also operate an electric taxi service / minibus for short trip services (e.g. shopping or hospital visits) for our residents.

The village centre will also achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent

An energy strategy will be submitted and approved by EHDC which incorporates measures that provide at least 10% of energy demand from decentralised and renewable or low carbon energy sources. There will also be a maximum water use of 110 litres per person per day.

Social and Economic Benefits

According to the Homes for Later Living, Healthier and Happier report, published in Sept 2019, each person in a home for later living saves c.£3,500 to the NHS & social services per year. 

As well as the savings to the NHS, Adult Social Care Savings for East Hampshire District Council, and freeing up under-occupied local family homes, a wide range of job opportunities will be available at the village. These range from management and administration to maintenance and care.

Preference will also be given to local suppliers for use within the restaurant and café, helping support local businesses and farmers.

The restaurant and café will also be open for the use of surrounding residents.

Eligible residents (typically those over the age of 55) within Horndean and the surrounding areas will be able to take out a membership to the well-being centre (swimming pool, spa and gym).

Our Plans

For further information on our plans, you can download these below.

Artists impression

Site masterplan

Village centre layout

Design Proposal

Local Character



Subject to planning approval, work is due to commence on the scheme in August 2022. A preliminary date for completion of Village Centre and communal facilities is expected by August 2024.

We are committed to minimising disruption on neighbours and local road networks during construction. We will be submitting a detailed Construction and Environmental Management Plan with our application which sets out how we will manage construction traffic.

Contact details

The development team can be contacted using the details listed below:

[email protected]

If are interested in living in this village, please call our friendly team of advisors on 0800 138 0235.