Havant health plans receive positive feedback as campus is unveiled

From left, Paul Brand of developers Ashley House,  Neil Pownall of care provider HC-One and Carol Harrowell of Home Group
From left, Paul Brand of developers Ashley House, Neil Pownall of care provider HC-One and Carol Harrowell of Home Group
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A HEALTH campus for elderly people has been met with praise at a consultation.

Developers Ashley House met with residents in Havant and the surrounding areas to discuss plans for the new Oak Park Health and Wellbeing Campus.

The £4.75m plans went on show at the Havant Meeting Place, on Elm Lane, yesterday for the site off Lavant Drive.

Many liked the plans and thought the campus was what the area needed.

Caroline Footman, from Horndean, was at the consultation representing the South of Butser Locality Patients Group.

She said: ‘I came down to check out the plans and report back to the group.

‘There were a couple of things I had questions about like security and storage space so it was helpful coming down and having a look.

‘I also wanted to know if people with mental health problems would have facilities they needed.

‘So it was good meeting the developers.’

As previously reported in The News, the development promises to offer 80 nursing beds as well as 101 extra-care units – providing accommodation for elderly people who want to stay independent, but need the support of health professionals nearby.

At the heart of the campus will be gardens for the residents, a restaurant open to all, and a communal hub with facilities such as a gym, hairdressers, podiatrist, district nurse and shops.

Ann Talbot, from Havant, thinks the campus is needed.

She said: ‘I think it is a brilliant idea and one that is needed.

‘Elderly people do worry about this and I think Havant is an area which definitely needs a facility like this.’

Jim Harrison, from Waterlooville, agrees and said having looked at the plans he can’t seen anything wrong with them.

The 85-year-old said: ‘The campus is something we have wanted and needed for a long time and I think the plans are great.

‘There are no real issues at this point so it all looks good for the people in the community.’

The development will be used by people across Havant, Waterlooville and East Hampshire and is a milestone for campaigners.

Four years ago the £38m Oak Park Hospital plan fell through after people had waited for decades for better health facilities in Havant.

Councillor John Perry said: ‘It is encouraging to see these sort of plans being discussed.

‘Health is very important to us and I think this campus shows how dedicated we are to health and the health of the elderly people in the community.’

Paul Brand, senior development manager at Ashley House, said: ‘We have received lots of positive feedback today and people seem to be happy with the plans.’