The new development will comprise 54 one and two bedroom affordable housing flats for both rent and shared ownership, a separate space that could be used as a day service by older people in the wider Romsey community, as well as communal gardens and secluded courtyard areas.
Councillor Perry said: “Recent changes in social housing legislation have removed some of the difficulties that Extra Care housing developments, such as Nightingale Lodge, have been experiencing. As a consequence, I have been able to agree the next steps in the process that should see the appointment of a developer by the end of the year. I am confident, therefore, that we will see demolition of the old Nightingale Lodge site begin in the New Year, with building work starting soon thereafter.
“During the past few months, the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Property teams have been working extremely hard with the support of our partners on Test Valley Borough Council, to move things forward. We will all be delighted to see the construction of this valuable amenity for the Romsey community begin.”
Extra Care housing is accommodation that is specially designed with older people in mind. The properties provide modern ‘affordable housing’ with 24 hour care and support on site, enabling people to keep their independence while ensuing help is available should it be needed.
It is anticipated, that the Nightingale Lodge development will open by the summer of 2019.