Summary of the September 2014 community event

  • Flyers advertising the event were sent out to 1760 addresses and a press release was issued. 90 people attended the event, of which 32 people left feedback.
  • Most people were supportive of the principle of Extra Care provision
  • A few were supportive of the specific site for proposed use, but the majority thought it was unsuitable due, for instance, to narrow pavements and traffic.
  • While some were supportive of the design (considering its massing and design to work well, appreciating the set back from Chesil Street and that the building is broken into blocks), most did not like it. Reasons for not liking it included, height, lack of sympathy to the character of Chesil Street and townscape, utilitarian in appearance, lack of interest, dark brickwork, discordant “blocky” nature, flat roofs, overbearing impact, loss of trees, overlooking and loss of light
  • Some comments were made on how to improve the design, including, re-designing the entrance, pitching the roof, making it more organic and reflecting the shape of Chesil Street, increasing planting, use light coloured materials.
  • While many appreciated the incorporation of replacement parking into the scheme, others remained concerned about the loss of the car park, and also provision of parking for health professionals
  • Some concerns remain about the safety and convenience of the multi-storey car park.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is extra care housing?

Extra Care housing is housing (in this case individual flats) with communal facilities, where care and support can be provided to occupiers. It provides an alternative to nursing or residential care for older people who are no longer able to live in their own home. The Council is proposing that, in this development, the majority of the flats would be for rent from the Council, along with some shared ownership flats. We are also investigating the possibility of older persons’ market flats for open market sale.

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

What other facilities are proposed?

Space to provide day services (eg for instance meals and activities) to non-residents. This will include people who arrive by mini-bus from their own homes or from nursing or residential homes nearby.

Why this site?

This site is a great location for extra care housing:

  • Close to the town centre – helping residents maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.
  • Easy access to health facilities. As well as being close to local doctors and the hospital, the new Southern Health Trust heath centre is only a few metres away. Services delivered from here include older persons community mental health, Diabetes, oxygen and orthopaedic clinics and podiatry services.
  • Excellent public transport links, with a bus stop to the town, hospital and railway station right outside the Barfield Close entrance.
  • Ample nearby parking for visitors.
  • Close to the shopmobility route into the town centre.

Other sites have been considered but they are unsuitable due to site size, location or availability. The City Council developed a parking strategy in 2013 which was informed by detailed occupancy and usage surveys. This highlighted that the Chesil multi-storey car park has significant underused capacity which could allow for the surface car park to be reallocated for other uses.

Wouldn’t it be better to find an out of town location?

It is, in general, preferable to locate extra care housing in urban areas where residents can take advantage of easy access to the range of facilities on offer. This helps residents remain active and independent, with consequent health and wellbeing benefits.

What is happening to the design as a result of community comments and what opportunity is there to make further representations?

Currently architects and the Council’s planning, urban design and conservation advisors are reviewing comments that have been made on the ideas displayed at the community event in September. Design amendments will be made as a consequence of this.

There will be a further opportunity to comment on proposals as part of the planning process once the planning application is submitted. Details will be made available on the Council’s Planning website. You can also check back here for further details.

What replacement parking is to be provided for residents, visitors and businesses?

It is considered that there is ample parking capacity in Chesil Street Multi-Storey, however for the convenience of residents, visitors and businesses some replacement parking is being designed into the proposed scheme. This includes:

  • 20 parking spaces for resident permit holders to replace the 20 lost as a result of the scheme. During construction, parking will be available in Chesil Street Multi-Storey
  • New time limited drop off spaces on Chesil Street
  • Private undercroft spaces available for lease by local residents and businesses including limited operational provision for the scheme
  • Drop off spaces for minibuses
  • Additional residents permit spaces have been created in Wharf Hill
  • Parking for high sided vehicles is being considered in Barfield Close
  • Season ticket holders currently entitled to park in the Chesil Street Surface car park will, when it becomes unavailable, be able to use the Chesil Street Multi-Storey car park’.
Are any improvements being made to make the Chesil Street Multi—Storey more attractive?

Yes, a number of improvements are being planned, and some are underway. These include:

  • New LED lighting
  • Redecoration
  • Some wider spaces on the ground floor
  • Motorcycle parking
  • Extended CCTV coverage

These are intended to make the car park more attractive and to feel safer. The car park has already achieved a Park Mark Award which is awarded by Hampshire Police to car parks that are safe and well maintained.

For information on the parking strategy, park and ride, season tickets and permits, including permit parking areas and permits for businesses, please visit: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/parking/

How will residents of the extra care housing get into the town centre?

There is a frequent park and ride service that passes the site serving the town centre, hospital and railway station. Bus stops adjacent to the site will be upgraded.

There are a number of pedestrian routes into town. Improvements will be made to access the shopmobility trail, including an extension through multi-storey car park to better link the town to the site. A new pedestrian and mobility scooter route will be created between the proposed extra care scheme and the pedestrian crossing near to the Chesil Rectory. This route will pass through the ground floor of the multi-storey car park and along Station Approach where it will link with existing routes into the city centre.

Why can’t Barfield Close be turned into the main route into town and Chesil Street be made a 20mph cycle and pedestrian friendly corridor?

This is beyond the scope of the project, which will have little impact on traffic in the area. However, there are practical problems in changing the main route into town to Barfield Close. The low bridge on Barfield Close does not allow two high vehicles to pass without moving into the centre of the road. A high vehicle route has to be maintained into the City Centre from Bar End. Chesil Street is also a main radial route into the City Centre which experiences congestion at peak periods. The introduction of two further junctions/ manoeuvres into and out of Barfield Close would exacerbate this.

The idea of extending the recently created 20mph has been passed to Hampshire County Council for consideration; however, as noted above, it is not something the extra care proposal itself could deliver.

Isn’t the Council just cashing in land assets and making money?

The scheme is being proposed purely for benefit of the community. The Council is the Strategic Housing Authority for the area and the driver for this project is to provide much needed housing for older people. The Council will be building the scheme, supporting by grants from Government and Hampshire County Council (and a generous bequest, The Harris Bequest, left to the Council by a former resident to benefit older people). The Council will fund the rest of the development through loans which will be repaid over a period of years from the rents charged. No profits are made or distributed

What will happen to the recycling facilities in the current car park?

These are likely to be relocated along Barfield Close.