Saturday, 16 December 2017

Sue Ryder submits flat conversion plan

SUE Ryder has drawn up plans to convert its Nettlebed hospice into flats.

SUE Ryder has drawn up plans to convert its Nettlebed hospice into flats. The charity says it has no ?immediate? plans to sell or move from Joyce Grove but wants to consider all its options in case it moves to a modern, tailor-made building.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Henley Standard revealed the charity had decided not to move to the new Townlands Hospital in Henley.

The hospice is a Grade II listed building which was once the family home of James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Heidi Travis, chief executive of Sue Ryder, confirmed that a planning application had been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council proposing to convert the building into 20 flats.

?This does not mean that any decision has been made about whether Sue Ryder services will be moving from Nettlebed hospice,? she said.

?We have taken this step to help inform us about all of the options that are available to us to enable the continued provision of the service for the long-term.

?As a charitable organisation, we have a legal obligation to ensure that our estate is effectively managed and to protect our assets and this application forms part of this obligation. We would like to reassure the community that we have no immediate plans to move from Nettlebed hospice and we will continue to deliver the same well regarded and respected services from this building.

?As always, we remain incredibly grateful for the community?s continued support, which enables us to be there for people at the most difficult time of their lives.?

The hospice has been at Joyce Grove for 32 years. The building was constructed in 1908 by CE Mallows for merchant banker Robert Fleming and enlarged in 1913 following a fire.

The district council is expected to make a decision on the planning application in April.

For the full story, see this week's Henley Standard.

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