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Building Better Lives - Wareham scheme

Dorset Council is working in partnership with Wareham Town Council, Dorset Healthcare and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a scheme for new health, care and housing facilities on the Wareham middle school site.

The proposed scheme in Wareham will include:

  • health and GP services within a new health hub. The hub will host all the services currently available at Wareham Hospital as well as the town’s GP practice, and will provide the opportunity to develop additional clinics and services
  • extra care housing – offering on-site support with personal care. The homes are specifically designed to enable people with support needs, problems getting about and increasing frailty to continue to live there for as long as they want to
  • supported living housing - offering care for working-age adults with disabilities
  • a range of affordable housing available to rent and buy through the open market. This will include keyworker housing which is offered at an affordable rent to those working at the health hub and providing care support in the local community
  • recreational areas

The scheme also offers potential solutions to some of the local traffic issues around the school.

High quality temporary housing units will be installed on the old middle school site for the first stage of the scheme. This will be available to local people with learning disabilities who are currently living in accommodation which doesn’t suit their needs, while more permanent properties are being built on site.

There are two options for the scheme currently under consideration.

Option 1

  • health hub
  • development of 72 homes. Of this total, 64 have been modelled as extra care housing for older people and some supported living for working-age adults with disabilities. A further 8 units have been modelled as affordable housing which could be for keyworkers
  • accommodation for the nursery could be provided alongside the school or within the children’s centre as part of a ‘children’s hub’
  • the design leaves room for Wareham St Mary to expand should this be required in future

Wareham Middle School Site - Option 1


Option 2

  • everything offered by Option 1
  • unified sports and recreation facilities incorporating a new Sports Pavilion and additional parking for the Pavilion, school drop-off, and overflow parking for the health hub
  • improved pedestrian and cycle access from Westgate
  • a new road linking Monmouth Road and Worgret Road to alleviate pressure on Streche Road incorporating road-side parking bays
  • development of a further 32 homes, the majority of which could be delivered at social or affordable rents


Wareham Middle School Site - Option 2

Why are we doing this?

  • the health hub will integrate services currently provided from Wareham hospital with the town’s GP practice, creating a more seamless ‘one-stop shop’ for local residents
  • Purbeck and Wareham in particular currently lack sufficient social care accommodation for frail older people and people with disabilities. There is currently one residential care home in Wareham and the nearest extra care housing is over 15 miles away in Blandford Forum. New extra care housing in Wareham will fill this gap now and in future, and enable people to live independent lives for longer
  • there are currently limited options to enable younger adults with disabilities to move from home when they want to or to return to the local area after they have been admitted to hospital. The extra care and supported living housing will enable people to play an active role in the local community if they wish to and to live more independent lives
  • there is currently a lack of affordable housing in the Wareham area for people in keyworker roles such as nurses and social carers. The scheme would address this

Planning permission will be sought towards the end of 2019, with work to begin on site and a public meeting planned for spring 2020. It is anticipated that the first phase of work will complete towards late 2021.

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