New council housing - Extra Care

Latest – Works on Chesil Street start Monday 8 August.

Essential drainage works on Chesil Street start on Monday 8 August for two weeks. The works involve partially closing Chesil Street to install the foul water connection for the Chesil Extra Care Scheme.

Manned 3-way traffic lights will be in place at the junction of Chesil Street and Barfield Close junction (near Quick Fit) daily between 9.30 – 15.30. The Multi-storey car park can be accessed via Barfield Close which will reopen before the drainage works start on Chesil St.

About extra care

There are growing numbers of older persons in Winchester (25% increase in over 85 year olds since 2001) this has resulted in an increased need for housing and services that meet older persons’ needs. 

Winchester City Council is committed to ensuring that older persons have a choice of accommodation to meet their needs.

Whilst some peoples needs’ will be better met by staying in their existing home, moving in with relatives or into nursing or residential care, others will fair better in extra care housing.

Extra care housing consists of groups of individual houses or flats with communal facilities that allow residents to retain independence whilst having access to 24 hour care. (see the Supported & Sheltered Housing webpage below)

Research shows that people who live in extra care housing enjoy better health and have fewer hospital stays.

A number of new extra care schemes have been built across Hampshire in recent years; however provision in Winchester is very limited. It is planned to increase provision so the needs of the community can be better met.

The Extra Care Scheme at Chesil Street

The scheme will provide 52 flats with a mix of one and two bedroom accommodation. In addition, communal facilities will include a lounge area, laundry and sitting areas. A day care facility will be managed on site by Hampshire County Council.

A copy of the planning consent is attached below.

The majority of the flats will be for rent from the Council, with some shared ownership and open market flats will also be available. 

Progress on the scheme

The Chesil Surface Car Park closed on the 8th February 2016. Please see the press release here. The pre-commencement planning conditions were discharged on 7 April 2016. The discharge letter can be viewed below. The construction of the scheme which is being undertaken by contractors Galliford Try, started on site on 11 April 2016 and is expected to take 18 months, with an estimated completion date of September 2017. Galliford Try will provide regular newsletters to update neighbours about progress. Galliford Try also provide a website holding the latest news, notices, photographs and any other relevant information to the project which can be viewed here (

For key dates of events, please see the key dates document in the attachments section below. 

For parking information please visit the parking webpages please click here (

For further information please view the FAQ's in the link below.