Planning permission sought for Chesil Extra-Care scheme

Press Release: 18/11/2014

Winchester City Council has submitted a planning application for a 52-unit Extra-Care scheme for older people on the Chesil Street surface car park in the city centre.

The scheme would include undercroft car parking, replacement resident permit parking, a day centre and communal facilities for the residents.

Extra-Care is different from sheltered housing or a nursing or care home. It offers a modern style of care. For many people, Extra-Care is the ideal solution as they can have their own home, but with the added reassurance that help is at hand.

Extra-Care allows people to move out of large, family houses, where they are finding it difficult to cope, into accommodation specifically designed to meet their needs where they can be secure and live independently. This releases larger houses onto the property market and it releases Council and other affordable homes allowing them to be used by families.

The scheme offers 24-hour flexible care for residents and a range of communal areas where they can socialise, eat together or take part in organised activities.

The 52 affordable, self-contained apartments, with a mix of one and two bedrooms, will be available to rent from Winchester City Council through Hampshire Home Choice.

Research shows that people living in Extra-Care housing enjoy better health and have fewer hospital stays and a lower number of falls.

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

It is good news that people are living longer, but it means that more of us will require care in the future. Older people’s needs and aspirations are changing. They want choice and to live independently for as long as possible – but with care and support close at hand.

Extra-Care is an important part of the solution and enables couples with different care needs to stay together. Siting this scheme within the city centre allows residents to remain independent, with shops and facilities within walking distance, along with good public transport links.

Hampshire has an over-75 population of 116,400 and it is anticipated that by 2030 this will increase by 85%. Hampshire County Council is supporting the scheme as part of its aim to increase the provision of affordable extra care places across the county by 700 units by 2019 to help meet this rising demand..

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said:

Winchester is considered a key location for Extra-Care due to the current lack of provision and the higher-than-average older population. Extra-Care assisted living offers people their own apartment and the security and reassurance of 24-hour care on site that can be adapted as their needs change. Through the communal facilities and by being located centrally Extra-Care also offers opportunities to meet new friends and be part of a vibrant community.

Based on the latest data from 2011, there has been a 25% increase in Winchester District’s households over the age of 85 since the previous census of 2001 and a 45% increase in the 60-64 age group.

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