On Wednesday 11th November, St Wilfrid’s Hospice celebrated that Chichester District Council’s Planning Committee voted 9-5 in favour of the proposal to build a new Hospice in Bosham. This went against the Planning Officers recommendation to refuse planning permission.
However, the decision could still be taken out of CDC’s hands, after a last moment request was received by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ask him to consider the application. St Wilfrid’s Hospice will now wait an agonising 21 days while the Secretary of State makes an assessment.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Angela Wormald, said: “We are delighted that Chichester District Council has made the recommendation to permit our application. Since submission in May 2015 and following the objection received from Bosham Parish Council, our team of architects and designers have worked tirelessly to provide suitable solutions to all of the concerns raised. We will now wait to hear how the Secretary of State wishes to proceed – we remain hopeful of a positive outcome.”
Chief Executive, Alison Moorey, went on to say: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support so far. I felt very privileged to be sat among so many supporters of the Hospice at the planning meeting today. The whole planning process has demonstrated just how much the community values the work of the Hospice and I have met so many people in favour of our move and the benefits it will bring. I think I speak for everyone at St Wilfrid’s when I say we feel truly heartened.”