THE final barrier to a new hospice opening in a village has been overcome.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice, currently in Donnington, near Chichester, is moving to Bosham.
Hospice staff have spoken of their delight after receiving news the government decided not to call in Chichester District Council’s decision to approve the plans.
Bosham Parish Council contacted the Department of Communities and Local Government over concerns about the impact of the new 18-bed inpatient unit and day hospice to the area.
Angela Wormald, chairwoman of the hospice’s trustees, said: ‘It feels as though it has taken a long time to get to this point, but there is no doubt that it has been worth the wait and we are particularly grateful to Genesis Town Planning for advice and guidance throughout the whole planning process.’
‘This is just the start of the project and we have a long way to go in raising at least £15.5m to build our new hospice.
‘However, from the swell of support we received throughout the planning process, I have no doubt we will achieve this.’
The hospice will be built on a former nursery site, off Walton Lane.
The hospice’s current site in Donnington will be demolished and 21 homes built in its place.
The current timetable would see the site cleared in September, 2016. Construction would start in March, 2017 and it would be open in the autumn of 2018.