Multi-million pound scheme to house older people in Gosport is allowed

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MORE than 90 new homes will be built for older people as part of a £14m to £17m plan.

Councillors at Gosport Borough Council agreed the scheme to knock down Alec Rose House and Slocum House in The Anchorage should go ahead.

The 40 demolished homes will be replaced with a new 92-bed centre.

It comes after Hampshire County Council put in a similar scheme at Juniper Court in Bridgemary.

Tory councillor Graham Burgess, the community board chairman, said: ‘Juniper Court has been a great success, I look forward to this.’

Labour opposition leader Cllr Dennis Wright wanted assurances that residents will be given disturbance allowance.

Housing manager Corinne Waterfield told the meeting on Monday they would.

But Cllr Wright added he also wanted assurances this scheme would run well.

He said: ‘Juniper Court didn’t go as smoothly as we’d wished.

‘The people who lived in the bungalows were told they could go in and use the facilities – unfortunately that hasn’t worked out.’

The county council is leading the scheme. Gosport council will get £600,000 to pay off loans it had for Alec Rose and Slocum House. The scheme must still obtain planning permission.