Barnet Council’s planning committee last night gave the final go-ahead for Noah’s Ark to construct its hospice building on Byng Road. The committee’s approval emphasised respect for the natural environment, requiring an appropriate landscaping scheme.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice chief executive Ru Watkins welcomed the decision last night saying, “Our build team has worked tirelessly to integrate the important environmental requirements of our site and the needs of children and families who will be using this building for vital hospice services.
“The two sets of needs are very much aligned, as environmental considerations are key to providing an appropriate hospice setting. We are delighted that the efforts of our team were recognised in last night’s decision by the planning committee.
“We believe that, given the paucity of land available for such schemes, this will prove to be the last children’s hospice built in London.”
Noah’s Ark is one of Barnet Mayor, Cllr David Longstaff’s chosen charities. Cllr Longstaff also welcomed last night’s news saying, “The Barnet community has long held Noah’s Ark close to its heart – loyally supporting the charity’s vital work in supporting local children and families in their homes for many years.
“Last night’s decision is a significant milestone – putting the charity one step closer to its long-held ambition of constructing a hospice building.”
Noah’s Ark currently supports around 150 children and their families at home and in the community. The new building will enable the charity to care for more than 450 children and their families.
Technological and medical advances are enabling many children with degenerative and life threatening illnesses to live longer. A local, purpose-built hospice meeting the changing palliative needs of children and their families is long overdue.
The bright, eco-friendly hospice building includes six children’s bedrooms and three self-contained family rooms. For day visits, as well as those staying, the hospice will provide rooms for soft play, a teen den, a sensory room, wet play, games room, therapy room and music room.