Final say expected on ‘flagship’ adult care housing

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Plans to turn De Wint Court in Lincoln into new extra care apartment blocks, restaurant, hair salon and lounge are set to gain final approval.

Plans for the redevelopment of the site on Bowden Drive are going to the City of Lincoln Council’s Executive Committee on 25 February following a green light from the planning team in December 2018.

It’s set to become a three and two storey facility comprising 50 one bed apartments and 20 two bed apartments, as well as additional amenities and a 35 space car park for future residents and their families.

The site currently accommodates a vacant, two storey building which was once home to 37 sheltered bedsits and flats, common rooms, a hair salon and laundrette.

Daren Turner, Director of Housing and Investment at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Lincoln has a shortfall of housing with care, which is why we’re looking to fill that void and bridge the gap between ordinary sheltered housing and residential care for all residents, whether they have high, medium or low care needs.

“We’re working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and Homes England on the project and subject to Executive approval, we’re hoping to start work on the site in late 2019 and have the facility completed in 2021.

“As part of our Vision 2020, we want to continue to meet the varied needs of our residents, help them to have a sense of belonging and improve housing conditions for all.”

Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Demand for housing is increasing and as a council, we believe that having a home isn’t just about bricks and mortar.

The current De Wint Court site on Bowden Drive.

“We aim to build 400 new homes by 2020 as part of the council’s vision and will continue to work closely with partners to provide homes for every need.”

Councillor Patricia Bradwell OBE, Executive Member for Adult Care at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We are extremely pleased that this essential facility has been given planning approval by City of Lincoln Council.

“My colleagues and I at Lincolnshire County Council have an ambition to improve the housing options for people and this is about giving them the right accommodation which supports them to live independently.

“Having their own front door gives them a home environment with support on hand.

“We are committed to working with all of our partners in the county to ensure that people get the best possible care and support in a location that is suitable for them and their families.”