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Planning slip-up delays work on children's hospice.

Byline: HAZEL ETTIENNE

A PLANNING oversight means work on a new children's hospice for Huddersfield may not start until Christmas.

Fundraisers were delighted last month by a pounds -m cash windfall which meant both stages of work on the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust's dream project could begin.

They are determined that diggers will move on to the Brackenhall site before 2011 and start the entire pounds 2.3m project for youngsters with life-limiting conditions in Kirklees and Calderdale.

But it has now emerged that the original planning permission for the Fell Greave Road site expired on July 23.

And they must now wait until November to get the hoped-for go-ahead from planners to start work on the project.

The original planning permission for the project was applied for and granted in 2007.

But permission, which used to run for five years, now only lasts for three years and has now expired.

A new identical application has been submitted, but that will not be considered at the earliest before the Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee meeting in November. A Kirklees planning spokesman said the application would have to be reconsidered in full.

The day centre will offer children access to a sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, messy play area and support services.

The second phase will provide accommodation for families including 12-bedroomed children and families.

Head of fundraising Sarah Herrett said the additional cash meant the whole project could be built in one, which meant new tenders being sought for the work.

But she said she was unaware that the new application would not be considered until November.

"We want to make sure everything is absolutely right when we do start building.

"I've always said that yellow diggers would be on the site before the end of the year and this still looks likely to be the case, so I am delighted," she said.

In May this year signs of work on the site of the planned children's hospice in Huddersfield were seen for the first time.

Ecological surveys were conducted on the site. This include drilling boreholes into the ground to take samples of the soil.

The children's hospice will cost pounds 3.1m to complete the building work and a further pounds 1.5m is needed to provide the care every year.

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FORGOTTEN DATE: Boreholes were drilled on site in May, but planning permission expired on July 23 and the same plans will have to be submitted and passed again before diggers can move in to start building the planned hospice, inset
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 18, 2010
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