Restrictions removed to support Thames Hospice redevelopment
Published: Friday, 30th November 2018
The restrictive covenant on the current Thames Hospice site has been removed allowing the hospice to move forward with its relocation and new hospice build plans.
At Cabinet on Thursday 22 November, Councillors agreed to remove the restrictive covenant on the hospice’s existing site in Hatch Lane. The removal of this covenant will allow the charity to proceed with its relocation plans to its new site at Bray Lake whilst maximising the value of their existing site.
Leader of the council, Cllr Simon Dudley said: “Removing this restrictive covenant will enable Thames Hospice to move forward with their relocation plans, allowing them to continue providing the very best care to our residents in a building and setting fit for their needs.”
The Royal Borough approved planning permission for the new 28 bed hospice in July 2018 which will also include:
- A new day centre (the Paul Bevan Centre) offers a wider range of therapeutic and social activities for day patients and inpatients and will allow the Hospice to double its day service provision.
- A new education centre will be dedicated to promoting palliative care excellence, ensuring staff and other medical colleagues in the community receive ongoing training so patients get the best care.
The removal of this covenant means the land can be sold without restrictions, increasing its value to over £5,000,000 providing Thames Hospice with additional funds for their new hospice.
Debbie Raven, chief executive of Thames Hospice, said: “We are delighted that the restrictive covenant on our existing site has been removed. This will provide additional funds that will directly support our £18 million new hospice build and ongoing care for our local community.”
Thames Hospice will break ground on its new site by Bray Lake in January 2019 and will open the new facility in 2020.