Elderly housing to be provided in Portsmouth

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A NEW council scheme will provide extra care accommodation in Portsmouth.

The city council has teamed up with social enterprise Housing 21 to provide new housing on the former Caroline Lodge site in Portsea.

It will provide 43 beds in one and two- bedroom self-contained apartments, each with their own kitchen and bathroom.

The four-storey block will also include a kitchen, residents’ dining room, lounge and a salon.

The development is due to open in autumn 2013.

Andrew Lewis, scheme project manager, said: ‘This is one of a number of existing and planned extra care schemes in Portsmouth that enable older people to continue to live independently in their own homes.’

Leadbitter is delivering the £4.4m project with investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Julia Godwin, development programme manager for Housing 21, added: ‘This new extra care scheme will be a valuable resource.’