Drop-off centre plans approved

Derian House Children's Hospice
Derian House Children's Hospice

Plans to create a new donations centre at a children’s hospice have been approved.

An application submitted by Derian House was given the green light by Chorley Council’s delegated powers.

The children’s hospice, which is in Astley Village, hopes to start work in November.

It is hoped that the new centre will open by summer 2016.

The approved plans will see a new building created on the hospice’s land adjoining Euxton Lane.

It will contain a ground floor donation centre and storage space, whilst the first floor will contain office space which will house staff currently based in the existing building.

Georgina Cox, Derian House Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted that our proposals have been given the go-ahead and that we can now build this fantastic new facility. To be able to have a dedicated donation centre here at the hospice is a very welcome addition, because it means we can make it easy for our supporters can drop off donations.

The works will also involve creating three additional parking spaces, and will be the second major development to take place at Derian this

year.

A new play area was built within the hospice’s ground earlier in the year. The hospice now plans to move existing fund-raising and admin staff across to the new building.

Plans are in place to convert their former offices into additional space for families, many of whom stay on site whilst their child receives care.

Mrs Cox added: “We are also glad that we’ve been able to address some concerns about parking, and we are confident that our extra spaces, coupled with the fact that we are not increasing staffing levels, will go some way to alleviate parking issues around our site.”