13 November 2017
Working with other WYG teams, our colleagues in Newcastle have been providing multi-disciplinary consultancy and secured outline planning permission to the development of respite lodges for Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, a cancer charity dedicated to the memory of Jessica Robson.
Jessica passed away in May 2014 at the age of 18, following a three -and-a-half year battle with alveolar sarcoma cancer. During that time, she founded the charity with support of her family, who have since taken up the mantle of running the charity in her name.
Among her wishes, Jessica wanted for all families affected by cancer to enjoy quality time within a haven outside of hospitals and centres, while still within reach of the RVI Children’s Hospital.
Through collaboration with local firms, and with multi-disciplinary input by WYG, outline planning permission was obtained on behalf of the charity in July for three lodges to be developed in Henshaw, Northumberland.
Our team has been supporting ecology, landscape, masterplanning, drainage, and highways, and continues to be involved with planning and coordination, with a wider team of local businesses supporting the delivery of the detailed scheme to bring the charity’s vision to life.
Julie Robson, Jessica’s mother, said: “Without the help and support of WYG and many other companies over the last year and going forward, we could not have turned dreams into reality for so many children and teenagers over the northeast.”
“Children who mostly live in towns and cities don't often get the chance to see lovely countryside and animals. Hopefully, we can provide these family memories for them. We are excited to be moving closer to delivering the project on site and fulfilling Jess’s dream.”
Situated on three acres of land near the highway network, the lodges will contain two or three double bedrooms, ideal for hosting six to eight people. The first lodge is targeted for completion next year. Our team is currently working as part of a design team with a view to finalising detailed design schemes by this year’s end, to be followed up by commencement on site as soon as possible.
Sandra Manson, Planning Director, said: “In the end, it’s about families looking to find a place of solace. We’re thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with the local delivery teams and using our skillsets and expertise to help the charity go forward and deliver its aspirations.”
We hope to continue supporting Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, and future projects like it, in their endeavour to bring comfort to families in local communities. For more information about Jessica’s charity, visit the charity website here.