WYG are delighted to have led a team, supported by Sadler Brown Architecture, MDesign and Henry Riley, and have secured Reserved Matters planning consent to build three respite lodges for Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, a cancer charity dedicated to the memory of Jessica Robson.
Jessica Robson tragically passed away at the age of 18 after battling with alveolar soft part sarcoma cancer for over 3 years. 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.
Whilst she was fighting cancer, she and her family spent time in similar accommodation in the Lake District which gave her the inspiration to provide similar accommodation for other children and their families to enjoy as they had.
Whilst Jessica was ill, she did not want to travel too far from the Newcastle RVI hospital in case she became poorly. The site that the team has secured planning permission on is located off the A69 within reaching distance of both the RVI and Carlisle hospitals.
The scheme includes a bespoke designed 3-bed lodge by Saddler Brown Architecture and two smaller glamping pods which will provide respite care for children and their families.
WYG’s team has provided pro-bono planning, landscape, and ecological technical advice to secure planning permission and continue to be involved with planning and coordination along with a wider team of local businesses supporting the delivery of the detailed scheme to bring the charity’s vision to life.
The next stage involves the appointment of a project manager with the charity busy fundraising to enable to build to commence. The charity is aiming for the building work will start in time for Jessica’s birthday in April with the aim to open the lodges to families in the summer.
WYG’s Newcastle Planning team hope to continue supporting Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, in their endeavour to bring comfort to families in local communities. For more information about Jessica’s charity,