Roussilion Barracks home plans backed by residents

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Plans to build a 72-bedroom care home at the Roussilion Barracks site in Chichester have been backed by residents.

A planning application for the care home with associated parking, access and landscaping works has been put forward by Colten Care and ZeroC for the southern corner of the barracks site.

Colten Care said earlier this year the care home could create 80 more jobs in Chichester.

Cllr Pam Dignum, who lives near the barracks site, said: “I have heard very favourable reactions about the timing and placing of it, and that it is fulfilling a local need.

“We all know about the growing elderly population. It is quite a sensitive design for the care home. It is looking ahead to a time when there will be a need for so many extra beds.”

She added: “This will offer employment. To be giving career opportunities in this area is important.”

In 2010 a planning application for 252 ‘exemplar’ dwellings on the adjacent site was successful and development has recently started. The care homes proposal relates to the remaining southern corner of the site on the corner where Wellington Road meets Broyle Road.

The site is owned by The Homes and Communities Agency and is to be developed separately, on a design and build basis, to a ‘high quality bespoke design and specification’.

The site has been specifically identified as being suitable for the care home or retirement housing sectors.

Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the Summersdale Residents’ Association which covers the Roussilion Barracks area, said: “We are considering the plans at the moment. We knew the site was going to be allocated, either for a care home or student accommodation.

“There are one or two small issues with these plans, about the overall bulk and size of the care home.”

Managing director of ZeroC, Kim Slowe, said: “We have worked with the local community and planning authority to ensure whatever was brought forward was appropriate and needed in Chichester.

“We ran a marketing process to find the right care operator, and landed on Colten Care whose schemes are all high quality.

“They had a full in-depth understanding of what we are trying to achieve on the Roussilion site. We made amendments to the scheme to accommodate residents’ concerns.”

To view the plans quote the planning application reference number CC/12/01551/FUL