Addenbrooke Extra Care, Gosport

New extra care apartments for Hampshire after nitrate neutrality achieved

Planning has been approved, subject to a section 106 agreement, for a new extra care scheme in Gosport, Hampshire, after developer Morgan Sindall Later Living and Hampshire County Council were  able to secure the first approval from Natural England for a tap-led solution to prevent nitrate pollution.

Planning approval for the Addenbrooke Extra Care scheme has been on hold since 2019, following Natural England’s advice to planning authorities to reject any planning applications that could not achieve nitrate neutrality due to excess nitrate leaking into the Solent. As such, a temporary moratorium was put in place on applications across the county.

Nitrates, which are commonly produced as by-products of farming and urban development, can be harmful to the environment if the levels in water ecosystems are not carefully monitored and managed.

Working with Natural England and consultants Asbri Planning, Morgan Sindall Later Living and Hampshire County Council created an innovative water saving solution by working with an existing care home in the area to limit its nitrate waste.

The new extra care facility, which was named Addenbrooke after the former care home on the same site, will now be transformed into 60 individual apartments for the over 55s, all of which will be affordable housing. Places for People Living+ will be the operator of the completed development.

Laurence Basturkmen, director of Morgan Sindall Later Living, said: “We are excited to be able to move forward with this scheme after a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make sure the site is safe and nitrate neutral. We are proud to have worked closely with Hampshire County Council to create a tap-led solution to the nitrate problem, which has also allowed us to save 3,000 litres of water per day through the installation of flow regulators.

“Multiple development sites across the area have been affected by this problem and we hope that we have proven that with joined up thinking and hard work, it is possible to find a solution.”

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for adult social care and health said: “I am delighted that we are moving forwarded with this much-needed development for older people in Gosport. Extra care accommodation provides modern independent living, with care on site 24/7. This exciting, new scheme is part of the County Council’s £45 million investment in the development of extra care across Hampshire to respond to the needs of our ageing population.”

The site will be only the second extra care facility in Gosport and will supply much needed extra care accommodation in relation to the County Council’s Older Persons’ Extra Care Programme.

The over 75 population across Gosport Borough was 7,500 in 2015, and this is projected to potentially increase by 86% by 2035. To address the anticipated increased demand in appropriate housing, the County Council has estimated a requirement for 20 extra care units per 1,000 people of the over 75 population, meaning an additional 276 units will be required by 2035.