Waverley Planners give the go-ahead for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice to expand.
It is proposed to erect a new hospice building including inpatient, outpatient and offices with plant and machinery on the roof together with new landscaping and amenity areas following the demolition of buildings, as well as the refurbishment of 2 storey building, The Dove Wing, which is to be retained.
Phyllis Tuckwell is the only adult hospice care charity caring for patients and families across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire, from the Hospice in Farnham, the Beacon Centre in Guildford, in the community and in people’s own homes.
For over 40 years, Phyllis Tuckwell has provided specialist support and end-of-life care to adult patients and their families living with an advanced or terminal illness (such as cancer, heart, lung or neurological disease) in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, serving 550,000 residents.
The existing building accommodates an Inpatient Unit (IPU) comprising 14 beds, staff offices, therapy and training rooms and restrooms. The buildings towards the eastern and southern sides of the site, housing the IPU, are primarily single-storey. The proposal will enable the Hospice to return to its pre-pandemic occupancy of 18 inpatient beds and provide the charity with modern office space and meeting spaces.
The development retains the two-storey Dove Wing, demolishing the remaining buildings on site. The demolished element will be replaced with a new hospice facility (Use Class C2), adjoining the retained Dove Wing and accommodating improved and enlarged inpatient and outpatient facilities, office space and meeting rooms, courtyard and external amenity areas and retained car parking and access.
The new building, incorporating the Dove Wing, will sit on the approximate footprint of the existing facility and will comprise an 18-bed IPU, outpatient facilities, visiting areas, offices, and ancillary and charity staff areas. The facility will enclose a main central courtyard and, external to the building, to the south.