On Monday 30th November St Wilfrid’s Hospice received the news they had been waiting for - the Secretary of State has chosen not to ‘call in’ their application. This means that the decision taken by Chichester District Council’s Planning Committee on 11th November to permit the planning application for a new Hospice on Walton Lane, Bosham stands.
Chair of Trustees, Angela Wormald, says: "We are delighted that the Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application and that he has allowed it to be determined by the local planning authority. 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 their 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 £15.5 million 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."
Over half of St Wilfrid’s fundraising target has been pledged by the Board of Trustees, from Hospice reserves which have been steadily built up specifically for this purpose.
Chief Executive, Alison Moorey, went on to say: "Alongside the capital fundraising campaign for the new Hospice, we still need to raise almost £6.7 million each year to ensure we are able to continue delivering our specialist tailored care across our whole community to people suffering from life-limiting illnesses and support for their loved ones."
Everyone at St Wilfrid’s Hospice is now looking forward to starting the New Year with planning permission firmly secured, enabling them to focus on the next stage of the campaign.