Council plans to build a new development for vulnerable people just metres from the hospice which serves Stanmore are being re-examined after nearly 10,000 people signed a petition against the scheme.
St Luke’s has been serving the local community for over 30 years and last year St Luke’s provided specialist end of life care to 1,628 people.
Brent Council are proposing a two storey build for vulnerable people, just five metres away from a patient garden and 10 metres from patient bedrooms giving direct views into patient rooms. Heavy construction for a development of this magnitude would close in-patient services for a prolonged period pushing the region into a shortage of end of life care.
The proposals have caused an outcry from local residents with over 9,000 people signing a petition and many more bombarding councillors with letters, phone calls and emails.
The new two-storey development would overshadow a private garden used by patients and their families and would lead to a huge loss of privacy in an area which is currently described by patient families as an ‘oasis of tranquillity’
Bob Blackman is MP for Harrow East which includes Stanmore.
He said: “I trust Brent Council will make a decision which reflects the strength of feeling locally about this, which respects the principled objections put forward by the hospice, and [one] which respects the patients.”
Brent Council are now reconsidering the original plans and verbally shared alternative early stage designs.
A spokesman said the new plans will be reviewed to ensure that these do not affect people at the end of their life in the Hospice.