HUNDREDS of new jobs are set to be created alongside a senior living village which will feature a new medical centre with 12 doctors.

The new plans could see homes and the medical centre built at Cherry Orchard Brickworks on Cherry Orchard Lane, Rochford.

The major proposal - which bosses hope will create 600 new jobs - will also feature a dentist’s surgery, physio services, a hydrotherapy pool and 60 respite beds.

The retirement village is also set to benefit from 63 retirement apartments, 30 assisted living apartments, 30 sheltered apartments, six dwellings and a 93-bed care home on site.

And to top it off, a convenience store, a pharmacy, coffee shop, gymnasium, office space and community space are also included in plans.

If approved, bosses at Cherry Orchard Homes and Villages hope work will start in June or July, ready to open in October 2022.

And the plans have been backed by the Rochford Supporters group, who believe they could benefit older families looking to downsize their home.

Member Christine Austin said: “Before they put this application in they had the right infrastructure in place first, which is really good. It means there’s several entrances and exits- this is a newish road which has access to the A127 and up to Eastwood Road towards Rayleigh.

“And it could also be useful for those families who are looking to down in house size. There’s plenty of space there which is another bonus.

“A retirement village just might be the right way to go.”

Simon Wootton, leader of Rochford Council, has also shown his support for the Senior Living Village - which is set to create 600 jobs.

He added: “I welcome on behalf of residents any facility which gives benefits to both them and also provides employment opportunities. I’m sure members of the older community in Rochford will welcome it too.”

Ian Beatwell, Group CEO for the Landmark Group, said: “The retirement village is an exciting project which will enable those residents of Rochford the opportunity of maintaining their independence while still having a level of care which they can determine.”