December 6, 2018 9.27 am This story is over 36 months old

‘Flagship’ Lincoln extra care facility given go-ahead

A care community

A brand new 70 apartment extra care facility will be built in Lincoln under plans which the city council described as “flagship”.

The plan will see the authority-owned De Wint Court on Bowden Drive, flattened in order to build the new development.

Extra care housing provides accommodation for older people who want to remain “self-sufficient” but also have the option of on-site care if they need it.

The current De Wint Court site on Bowden Drive.

Now, councillors on the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee have approved the plan.

De Wint Court currently has 37 bedsits, but the authority wants to demolish the accommodation in order to build new apartments aimed at the over 55s.

50 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments would be built, as well as 35 car parking spaces.

Visual of the proposed extra care facility on Bowden Drive by City of Lincoln Council.

In their plans, the council said the proposal  is intended to “bridge the gap” between sheltered housing and residential care.

Meanwhile, Councillor Bob Bushell said the facility is needed in the city.

“This is a much needed facility because the current site is falling to bits,” he said.

“It was in its time an excellent facility, but now it is outdated.”

Visual of the plans looking south down Bowden Drive.

Councillor Gary Hewson said extra care housing is the “way forward” for the council.

“They have got the appropriate care on site,” he said.

“It also makes more of a community with all the amenities that they have.”

It comes as the authority looked to “modernise” De Wint Court and two other sites back in 2013.

The council previously proposed a £678,000 revamp of the accommodation which saw improvements to electrics, heating, water hygiene and extended kitchen space.

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