A planning application to redevelop St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport, has been submitted on behalf of the hospice trust.
The application seeks full planning permission to develop a 50,000 sq ft hospice facility on an undeveloped site next to the existing hospice, which is within the Cheadle Royal Conservation Area.
An outline planning application has also been put in for a residential scheme of up to 40 homes on the site of the current hospice, to fund the construction of the new facility.
St Ann’s Hospice first opened in 1971, although the building was originally built in the late 19th century as a 40-bedroom hospital for children with epilepsy, and was later used for mental healthcare.
The redeveloped hospice that will include a 27-bedroom inpatient unit, day therapy and outpatient services, dedicated bereavement and family support services, offices, training facilities, coffee shop, landscaped gardens and car parking.
All the bedrooms will have direct access to outdoor space and the landscaped gardens.
Graham Locke, director at PRP, the architect behind the proposals, said: “The purpose of St Ann’s Hospice is to provide the utmost care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses. This is a charity that requires modern facilities to support the incredibly meaningful work it provides locally and beyond, but unfortunately the existing building is rapidly becoming expensive to maintain and will become unfit for future care.
“We now have a significant opportunity to develop a new hospice that meets the level and standard of world-class care St Ann’s Hospice is best known for, and by working closely with the team there, we have designed a new facility that we’re confident will meet the needs of patients for years to come.
“However, to make the new hospice viable, we will need to bring forward development on the existing site to cross-fund the land purchase and build. The existing site is ideal for residential development, utilising a brownfield site to bring much needed homes to Stockport.”
Eamonn O’Neal, chief executive of St Ann’s Hospice, said: “Communities across Greater Manchester and beyond have always been so overwhelmingly supportive of the hospice, and we’re pleased that this new hospice would still remain in our Heald Green home in St Ann’s Road North.
“We’re proud to lead the way in many areas of end of life and palliative care delivery, and it’s exciting that we can hopefully bring this fabulous, world-class facility to the region for the benefit of families both now and well into the future.”
Avison Young is planning consultant for the scheme. Louisa Fielden, senior planner at the firm, said: “St Ann’s operates from three hospices sites across Greater Manchester and via a range of community services and is highly regarded, however a new facility at Heald Green would ensure world-class care could still be provided in this area for many years to come.
“Although additional fundraising will still be required, by offering the existing hospice site for residential development, St Ann’s will be able to support the funding of the new facility whilst also creating an opportunity for quality new housing in a popular area.”