Planning Support Secured for Demelza
The importance of Demelza Hospice Care for Children has been recognised by Swale Borough Council.
Permission has been granted for the development of 20 new homes on land near Bobbing, Sittingbourne in order to fund the delivery of enhanced facilities at Demelza’s Kent-based hospice.
Every year Demelza provides specialist care and emotional support for more than 750 children with terminal conditions.
The 2.6 hectare development site is situated to the east of Rook Lane and north of A2 Keycol Hill. The development will provide three self-contained apartments for nursing and care staff within a bespoke new building, 80 car parking spaces and event space which will allow Demelza to hold more events, both for families and fundraising purposes.
Matthew Woodhead, Director at DHA, who advised the landowners said: “Although the site is not allocated in the current Local Plan and is located outside the built-up area boundaries, the Council recognised that the development will fund important enhanced facilities to support the continued functioning of Demelza in Kent.
“Currently the hospice can struggle to attract staff to Bobbing. This permission will make staff recruitment and retention easier.”
The approved plans will also see significant improvements to the Rook Lane and Keycol Hill road junction, which will allow it to accommodate two-way vehicle movements, improve visibility and therefore improve the safety of the existing junction.
Hythe and London-based Guy Hollaway Architects were responsible for the designs of the new buildings.