Extra care homes in Winchester

Press Release: 01/07/2014

The Chesil Street surface car park could be confirmed next week as the preferred site for a 50-flat ‘extra care’ scheme in Winchester.

Councillors are being asked to approve the recommendation at Winchester City Council’s Cabinet Housing Committee on Wednesday 9 July.

This follows an extensive period of investigation and consultation, including two community events held in March.

Cllr Steve Miller, Portfolio Holder for Business Services which includes new homes delivery, said:

There is an ageing population in Winchester and the City Council is committed to ensuring that older people have a choice of accommodation to meet their needs.
Extra care flats – individual flats with communal facilities, where care and support can be provided to occupiers – are one of the best ways in which this can be achieved.

If the Committee agrees the recommendation, officers will develop detailed proposals for a formal planning application and consider further issues raised during the consultation so far.
Proposals will:

  • Ensure the height of the building is sympathetic to the area and neighbouring properties
  • Appoint local architects skilled in developing new housing in conservation areas
  • Aim to replace lost Barfield Close permit-holders parking spaces
  •  Include parking within the new scheme for residents, and/or businesses
  • Improve park-and-ride access
  • Expand the use of off-street (off-peak) car park season ticket to allow use of the mutli-storey car park
  • Investigate nearby provision for high-sided vans
  • Add a new footway between Barfield Close and the multi-storey car park to provide a safer route to the town centre via the shopmobility trail

The City Council is already addressing some of the issues raised by making Chesil Street multi-storey car park more attractive with improved internal decoration, new lighting, enhanced CCTV, some wider ground-floor parking spaces and motorcycle parking.

Other sites have been considered but they are unsuitable due to size, location or availability. There is spare parking capacity in the Chesil area, for instance in the multi-storey car park, and some new parking will be provided as part of the scheme which means that a successful development could take place.

A further community event will take place in September to outline progress if development of the scheme goes ahead.