The move of the Norfolk base of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices away from Quidenham is closer after planning permission was accepted for a new hospice further north in the county.
Subject to a successful fundraising campaign, the new hospice will be built on a 5-acre woodland plot in Framingham Earl.
EACH provides care and support to life-threatened children and the new purpose-built children’s hospice will revolutionise the way children’s palliative care is delivered in Norfolk, it says.
Graham Butland, EACH chief executive said he was delighted to have the application approved and they were now closer to their goals.
Although Mr Butland was full of praise for the Quidenham centre, he acknowledged that a move would be beneficial to the charity.
“The current Norfolk hospice in Quidenham has provided care and support for more than two decades and has been a home from home for many families, but it’s very restricted in its facilities.
“Development and a new hospice will bring the county in line with the services we offer in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.”
The hospice now have to focus on raising the money for the project, for which they will need an estimated £10 million.