Frequently asked questions
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Who are The Abbeyfield Braintree, Bocking and Felsted Society?
The Abbeyfield Braintree, Bocking and Felsted Society has traditionally, provided supported sheltered housing. Existing schemes are either purpose built or adapted from buildings that are fully modernised with en-suite facilities to make them suitable for older people. The Society operates a 35 flat Extra Care scheme, Great Bradfords House, where more independent living is provided with the comfort of having emergency care and support available to every resident. Abbeyfield is firmly rooted in the local community. The people living in an Abbeyfield Scheme are very much part of their neighbourhood and enjoy the friendly contact and support that this brings.
Where will Polly's Field Village be located?
Polly’s Field Village is conveniently situated on Church Lane in Braintree, Essex, overlooking countryside views. It is on a bus route between Bocking Church Street and Braintree town centre, both of which are within a mile of the site.
Will car parking be available?
Polly’s Field Village will have a communal car park.
Could my friends and family visit and stay?
Yes, your family and friends of all age groups would be welcome to visit you and stay in your property. There is no fixed length of stay, although guests could not remain indefinitely, or move into your apartment.
What will the social and leisure facilities be?
Polly’s Field will have 99 self-contained apartments. There will be 39 x 1 bedroom and 60 x 2 bedroom apartments. These will be offered for sale, shared equity or rent. Key features in all the properties will include:
- Spacious entrance hallway
- Fully fitted kitchen with oven hob and
- Open plan living area
- En-suite wet room
- Balcony or patio with every apartment
- Central heating and full double glazing
- Video entry system and security fob access
- Electric & USB sockets set at a
- Emergency call system linked to a staff
member 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
What are the construction timescales for construction?
Polly’s Field began construction late 2019 and we
expect to welcome our first residents early in 2022.
What apartments will be available?
Polly’s Field Village will have 99 self-contained apartments.
62 will be for sale or shared ownership and 37 for rental.
Could I bring my pet?
Yes, a pet would be welcome, provided that it is well-behaved and you are able to manage your pet’s requirements. You will need to make full arrangements to have your pet cared for if you were unwell or away.
Will there be any care available?
Yes, hospitality and care services will be provided by ABBFS if required.
In addition, emergency care and support will be on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
What are the purchase options?
Polly’s Field should be affordable to all with a range of tenure options to suit individual financial circumstances and we would be pleased to discuss this with you in detail. Properties can be purchased outright or by shared equity.
Can I choose which home I want to buy?
We will ask you to prioritise a selection of apartments. We will endeavour to meet your first choice, although we cannot guarantee this.
If I own my own home will I have support during the sales process?
Yes. With the help of our sales team we will do everything we can to help you sell your current property. If you reserve an apartment in the Village, we will hold a presentation to introduce you to recommended estate agents, solicitors and removal companies, where we have negotiated discounted rates however you are
free to choose your own.
What does each Village home consist of?
Each home will have its own front door, kitchen, living room and one or two bedrooms. All homes will have a spacious shower room with basin and toilet. All homes will have either a balcony or patio. Village homes have been carefully designed, combining traditional style with modern technology. The technology is designed to support your independence, safety and mobility in your own home without being obtrusive.
Key features in all homes include:
- Traditional front door with letter box.
- A front door which closes on its own in the
event of a fire alarm warning.
- A spacious entrance hallway.
- Extra-wide swing doors to aid mobility for
wheelchair users designed for future mobility
- Easy access kitchens with fitted electric hob
- Water taps controlled by levers for easy use.
- Electric power sockets and light switches
mounted at a convenient height.
- Easy-to-reach switches and fittings.
- Energy-efficient lighting.
- Standby electric lighting in case of power
- Emergency call systems in rooms (linked to the
- Central heating and full double glazing
- Radiators which are protected to avoid
- CCTV connection to the Village entrance to
enable guest entry.
- Connection points for satellite and terrestrial
TV, radio and phone.
- A BT socket to enable broadband internet
- Bedrooms have phone and TV points.
- Kitchen specification to include integrated
washer/dryer, fridge freezer, extractor fan and
plumbing for a dishwasher (in some units).
- Under cupboard down-lighting in the kitchen.
Can I receive care in the Village?
Yes. You can access care through our staff as appropriate to your individual needs. Care might range from a little help with everyday tasks up to
extensive care during the day and night time.
Are there costs associated with the care I receive?
Yes. Your care provision will be assessed and agreed between yourself, ABBFS and possibly Essex County Council (if assistance is needed to fund the care you require). We will then be able to advise you of costs involved so that you can choose the care service you require to meet your assessed needs.
Our advisors will also be able to advise you on how you can use your benefits (such as attendance allowance and disability living allowance) to help meet any charges.