Getting ready for ‘extra care’ at Chesil Street

Press Release: 03/12/2014

An application for an extra care housing scheme for older people is now with Winchester City Council planners to consider. The scheme would include 52 affordable, self-contained apartments with a mix of one and two bedrooms, undercroft car parking, replacement resident permit parking, a day centre and communal facilities for the residents.

People are living longer which means that more will require care in the future. Extra care is an important part of the solution. Siting this scheme within the city centre allows residents to remain independent, with shops and facilities within walking distance, and on good bus and park-and-ride routes.

If the scheme is agreed and moves forward it will be necessary to amend legal orders relating to parking in the area. As such these proposed changes will be advertised for public comment but the changes will only be implemented if the extra care scheme goes ahead. These relate to changes to on-street parking arrangements for residents which are being re-provided on a one-for-one basis and to season tickets and permits which apply to the surface car parks so that these can be used in the multi-storey car park.

The neighbouring Chesil Street multi-storey car park has capacity for parking displaced from the surface car park and a programme of improvements is being implemented including better lighting, decoration, pedestrian walkways, motorcycle parking, provision of some wider bays, and enhanced CCTV coverage in the multi-storey car park.

The traffic regulation orders are being advertised now due to the time they take to process allowing for public comment and consideration to take place. They will only come into force if the scheme is approved.