A NEW sensory garden and cafÃ© could be created at Sue Ryder’s Nettlebed hospice.
The charity has submitted plans to South Oxfordshire District Council for alterations at the Grade II listed Joyce Grove.
The cafÃ©, along with a new office, would be created by installing internal partitioning and converting the existing treatment area, leading directly off the reception area of the main building. The cafÃ© for visiting patients, carers, relatives, staff and the local community would be run by Sue Ryder volunteers as a “paying business”.
The sensory garden would be built on a terrace overlooking the grounds.
The application says: “The large rear terrace overlooks the vast grounds, so we would like to use this area in the summer months.
“However, the existing original slabs are old and in many areas have trip hazards as they are either uneven or lifted.
“We would like to level this as much as possible but are concerned that the way the slabs were originally laid, they may crack on lifting.
“We would therefore like to create a wheelchair-friendly area with raised beds on this existing terrace once refurbished to an acceptable standard.”
The district council is set to make a decision by September 12.
Last year, the charity drew up plans to convert the hospice into flats but said there were no “immediate” plans to sell Joyce Grove or move.