WESTFIELD Village is a thriving, private and popular community within a conservation area. It has been described as the “jewel in the crown” of The Guinness Partnership housing (TGP) and as a “private, quiet oasis within a city”. An enclosed, safe and nurturing community, it provides peace of mind for both its elderly residents as well as many younger families.
The properties are set back from well maintained and tree-lined verges with attractive memorial gardens, shrubberies, flower beds, a bowling green and striking post-First World War monument. Thomas H Mawson, designer of the village, felt that being surrounded by beautiful, colourful gardens would aid the rehabilitation of disabled ex-servicemen, and this is a philosophy that is upheld in the present day.
Westfield War Memorial Village signed a 70-year lease and Management Agreement with TGP in 2010 and the latter is now responsible for the management of the village, including its lettings. However, both the Westfield charity and TGP work closely together to ensure that the charity’s policies, criteria and philosophy are maintained.
Both the charity and TGP are bound, through their lease agreement, to provide quality housing for our beneficiaries. As part of a demonstration of this commitment to quality, in the seven-year period up to 2014, £960,000 had been spent on modernisation. In the ensuing seven years a further £1,169,000 will be spent.
Applications for properties in Westfield village are subject to the following priorities:
Disabled ex-servicemen and women.
Regular and national service personnel who have served for a minimum of three years in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force.
Reservists who have served for three years and have been deployed on active service.
Ex-Merchant Navy and support personnel who have served in conflict.
Dependents of all of the above.
There are 113 properties on the village, 22 of which are privately owned and 91 properties available for rent.
Over the years houses have been modernised and the village extended to ensure a mixture of property sizes and styles to suit different housing needs: