As you may have seen in the local press, St Catherine’s Hospice has been donated a plot of land by Mr Bill Bridges to build a new hospice in Pease Pottage. Mr Bill Bridges and his development partner, Thakeham Homes, have now submitted plans for the 112 acre site which includes the new St Catherine’s facility and up to 600 homes. The proposals put forward to Mid Sussex District Council include:
- A new hospice building for St Catherine’s on five acres of prime land fronting on to the central village green and looking south over the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- 600 new homes
- A community hall, shop and café to be run by and for the benefit of St Catherine’s
- A new primary school
- A central village green and other public open space.
Mid Sussex District Council are now running a consultation on the plans, encouraging members of the public to give their views. The comments received by the council will be taken into account by the planning committee when deciding whether to approve the application. We need your support! We are asking for your help to make sure that the Council receives as many comments in support of the plans as possible. It is only in this way that we have a chance of securing this exciting possible legacy of land, which is only valuable to us if we secure planning approval to build on it. So, to help St Catherine’s secure the new site and achieve the planning permission we need, please do comment online through the Council’s website here, or by writing to:
Planning Department, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS
Please quote the application reference number DM/15/4711 when writing.
Why is it important? Because St Catherine’s currently cares for less than half the number of people needing our support in the area and we want the new hospice building to:
- Enable us to better meet growing demands for our services both for beds and day/out-patient services
- Allow us to continue to provide the highest quality care to both inpatients and outpatients taking the ethos of the last 30 years on into the future
- Create a patient-focussed building that helps support patients and their loved ones in comfort, safety and dignity – securing the trust and confidence of our communities into the future and building on all we have achieved together in the past.
We believe that one of the largest benefits of the plans is that St Catherine’s will be at the heart of a thriving community. Therefore, when you are writing to the Council, you may want to mention other aspects of the development as well, such as:
- There is a shortage of affordable housing in Mid Sussex, and the development would help local people better meet their housing needs because the plans for the site include a mix of homes, including starter homes, high quality family properties and bungalows for older people
- Key community and infrastructure improvements are included in the proposals, including a new school, accessible green space and improvements to local roads
- A new Hospice will ensure the community continues to have access to the best end of life care and that we continue to bring rewarding jobs to the local area.
We have until 1 January to submit our comments to Mid Sussex District Council so please do take a few moments to support our application and encourage your friends and family to do the same. With your support we have a greater chance of reaching more people affected by death and dying in our community.
Giles Tomsett, St Catherine’s Hospice Chief Executive.