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St Luke's Hospice expansion in Basildon

Expansion of St Luke's Hospice in Basildon is all set to take place in the coming months following the provision of land for the project from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Situated in Nethermayne, the facility will benefit from additional bed spaces following completion of the works, with use of the latest in drylining and sustainable materials set to help ensure the facility is as comfortable for residents as possible.

Land that will be utilised  for the expansion project had originally formed part of a joint planning application by the HCA and South Essex College. It is set to be a redevelopment of the area following closure of the college last year.

Mike Goulding of the HCA said in a statement: "We've been working closely with staff at St Luke's to ensure that the provision of this hugely valuable service to residents of Basildon and Thurrock is protected and enhanced in line with the hospice's needs and aspirations.

"We hope that the additional land will enable them to meet their expansion objectives and protect the facility's future on this site."

Up to 725 much-needed family homes are planned for the vacant site, while the project also features an array of green spaces, a new primary school and a small number of local shops.

St Luke's provides specialist care and support for patients suffering from end-stage cancer and a range of degenerative diseases. It is hoped that this latest announcement will mean more people suffering from these terrible illnesses will be able to receive support from the staff and make use of the available facilities.

An application for the project has now been submitted to Basildon Council and a decision is expected by the end of next month.

Elsewhere, the HCA recently announced the building of hundreds of new affordable homes in Kirklees as part of a £1.1 million investment in the region.

It was unveiled earlier this month as part of the second phase of the government's ongoing Get Britain Building programme. 

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