Portsmouth City Council today gave the go ahead for the building of a state-of-the–art care home for naval veterans in Milton, Portsmouth. The application was supported by the Planning Committee and authority delegated to grant planning permission subject to completion of a suitable Section 106 Agreement and suitably worded conditions. The impressive 66-bed home, to be named Admiral Jellicoe House after the founder of RNBT, will be built on Locksway Road on a site close to St James’ Hospital, with its strong historic links to care for the naval community, owned by NHS England.
RNBT Chairman of Trustees Nick Fletcher said
‘We are delighted that the City Council has given the go ahead for this most important project which will deliver residential, nursing and dementia care for naval veterans in Portsmouth, the Home of the Royal Navy. It will be the centrepiece of our centenary – what better way to mark our hundred years of care than by building such an impressive and important care home for naval veterans.’
Nick Jellicoe, the naval author and grandson of Admiral Jellicoe, said:
‘I have just heard that the RNBT plans to name its new Portsmouth care home, the ‘Admiral Jellicoe House’. John Jellicoe, my grandfather, the Trust’s founder and first benefactor, would have been honoured – and touched – that such a worthy cause will carry his name. It will be a legacy to his humanity and his vision.’
The current First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, has been equally supportive of the project:
‘I am delighted to hear of the Trust’s decision to provide a further care home, and gladder still that it will be in Portsmouth.’