Permission granted for demolition of De Wint Court for new care facility

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City of Lincoln Council has granted planning permission for the demolition of De Wint Court on Bowden Drive to make way for an extra care facility with a difference in Lincoln.

The new three and two storey facility will comprise of 50 one bed apartments and 20 two bed apartments, as well as additional amenities such as a public restaurant, public hair salon, lounge and 35 space car park for future residents and their families to use.

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

Daren Turner, Director of Housing and Investment at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Planning permission for the De Wint site means that we are one step closer to working with Lincolnshire County Council and Homes England to give a new lease of life to a site which we felt was in need of a revamp.

“We’re looking to bridge the gap between ordinary sheltered housing and residential care for a mixture of residents with high, medium and low care needs, as well as develop new relationships within the community through the introduction of a public restaurant and hair salon to the premises.

“Our aspiration is to provide housing which meets the varied needs of our residents, and we thank Lincolnshire County Council and Homes England for their continued support in making this project happen.”

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.

“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.”

Cllr Mrs 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.”

A formal decision will be made at Executive Committee in February 2019.