Glasgow City Council to gift land for new Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

Glasgow City Council is set to give the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice's Brick by Brick Appeal a major boost by gifting land to the charity for its new hospice.

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The council is to lease 7.46 acres of land adjacent to Bellahouston Park to the charity at a peppercorn rent of £1 for 60 years.

A supporter of the charity since its inception, the council gifted PPWH its current building in Carlton Place in the 1980s.

The proposed site is within the boundaries of the current Bellahouston Nursery which is accessed from an unadopted roadway off Dumbreck Road.

Indicative plans for the new hospice development show the building extending to around 5,800 square metres over three floors with car parking and landscaping adjacent to the building.

Proposals for the hospice include the provision of:

· A 14 bed in-patient unit;

· Two additional beds specifically for young people;

· A day service and outpatient unit;

· An education area; and

· Administration and clinical offices.

The site is fully enclosed by a brick wall, palisade fencing and mature landscaping. A number of polytunnels and brick buildings located at the lower levels of the site will be removed at the council's expense.

The access road to the site also serves the House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Ski Slope, bowling club and provides pedestrian / cyclist access to the park. As part of the planning submission a traffic assessment for the proposed development will have to be provided.

The usual rent level for this type of use, associated car parking and landscaping is estimated at around £810,000 (net present value) over the lifetime of the 60 year lease agreement.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice provides an invaluable service to the people of Glasgow.

"The council has been a supporter of the PPWH since its inception and gifted the current premises in Carlton Place in the 1980s.

"We are fully behind their current drive to expand their services. Our contribution to the fundraising campaign is to gift the land to PPWH with a rent of only £1 a year. The council will also meet the costs of relocating the existing nursery materials."

Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: "The Hospice Board of Trustees and the larger team have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the decision made by Glasgow City Council today.

"We would personally like to thank Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Development & Regeneration Services, City Property and Land & Environmental Services, for their outstanding support and loyalty to the Hospice.

"This decision will make a significant difference to the level of palliative care delivered to the people of Glasgow in the future and for many years to come."