Naval charity plans new care home for Portsmouth

RNBT, the largest naval benevolence charity, is in advanced discussions with the aim of building of a new 66-bed care and nursing home in Portsmouth.

The Trust already runs a Care Home in Gillingham, Kent, but has concluded that the needs of naval veterans and spouses in the Portsmouth area mean that a naval Care Home should be built here.

The trust plans to celebrate its centenary by reinforcing support for the naval veteran community.

Following an extensive review of available sites, the trustees have decided to enter into a partnership with a national developer who has already bought a site in Portsmouth.

The new home will be a purpose-built three-storey building to a proven design

The detailed proposal has now been presented as a formal planning application to Portsmouth City Council.

The chosen site is a plot of land which forms part of the St James’ Hospital site in Milton, Portsmouth, which is earmarked for development.

The new home will be a purpose-built three-storey building to a proven design, featuring a lounge and dining room on each floor, a coffee shop, hair salon, library, garden room and cinema, surrounded by landscaped gardens.

A fundraising target of £5m has been set, and a number of military charities and organisations have been approached.