County council gives green light for Extra Care scheme in Gosport

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THE green light has been given to build a new extra care scheme in Gosport.

Cllr Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, approved the plans which will see the former Addenbrooke care home site developed.

The challenges facing the county in caring for Hampshire’s growing numbers of elderly residents mean that we must look at the widest range of options possible.

Councillor Roy Perry

The scheme, which is hoped to be completed by 2017, will support older people in the community allowing them to live independently for longer.

Cllr Perry said: ‘The challenges facing the county in caring for Hampshire’s growing numbers of elderly residents mean that we must look at the widest range of options possible.

‘We know that most people would prefer to continue to live independently in a home of their own, rather than enter residential care.

‘Extra care assisted living provides people with their own “front door” in a setting where care support services are also available on site.’

He added: ‘The council is investing up to £45m over the next 10 years to stimulate the development of schemes across the whole county.

‘With forecasts within the Gosport area indicating an increase of over 16 per cent in the over 75 population by 2020, there is a demonstrable need for a second scheme in the area.’

As previously reported in The News the scheme was meant to combine the site of the former Addenbrooke site owned by the county council with the sites of Alec Rose House and Slocum House, off of The Anchorage, owned by Gosport Borough Council.

But due to a lack of funding, the extra care scheme will now only include the Addenbrooke site.

But both Alec Rose House and Slocum House will be refurbished to bring 
them up to date with new facilities.

First Wessex will develop the Addenbrooke site, subject to planning permission, which will have 52 one and two-bedroom flats.

Leader of Gosport council, Councillor Mark Hook said: ‘We all recognise that people are living longer and need these extra care facilities.

‘It is important that we provide it for people who do need extra care.’