Delayed proposals for a state-of-the-art 66 bed care home for veterans have not been shelved, bosses behind the scheme have insisted.
Our CE, Rob Bosshardt remains optimistic about the plan for the new facility despite blows to the project. We revealed the build on part of the St James’ Hospital site in Milton last September. The application has been plagued by delays and now the Trust is appealing to planners at Portsmouth City Council to help speed up the process.
Rob said: ‘The demand for a veterans care home locally can only increase. Wouldn’t it be a good news story if we could deliver something like this during the crisis that faces us. This would be a win-win situation. We want to be able to deliver this care home and deliver something for Portsmouth during this dark time we find ourselves in.
If the councillors and planners were able to give the green light for the bid by July, then the new facility could be open by autumn next year.
Councillor Donna Jones, Conservative leader in Portsmouth said it was ‘frustrating’ the plan had not progressed. ‘The biggest losers are the veterans in the city who will benefit from the highly specialist home once it’s built.