Old hospice site up for sale

Mill Gap House SUS-141209-105243001
Mill Gap House SUS-141209-105243001

The former St Wilfrid’s Hospice property in Mill Gap Road is to be sold off at auction.

The large house, which was converted in to a hospice, will go under the hammer with Clive Emson Auctioneers on November 4 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel. It has a guide price of between £650,000 and £700,000.

This comes after the charity, which has been providing end of life care in the town for more than 30 years, moved to a new state-of-the-art building in Cross Levels Way earlier this year.

The new hospice, which boasts a gym and stunning gardens, was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Cornwall Camilla in March.

Known as Mill Gap House, the building in Mill Gap Road has a floor area of 19,000 square feet.

It is set within 0.8 acres of gardens which have been enjoyed by the hospice’s thousands of patients and visitors over the years.

There is also a detached granny annex in the grounds.

The property is being marketed by Ross and Co and Rager and Roberts.

Traditionally built as a family home from the late Victorian period, the agents suggest a range of other possibilities for potential buyers including a care home or language school.

It has also been suggested by estate agents that the property be converted to provide residential units or that the site be redeveloped completely.

Planning permission would be needed for any change of use.

Originally St Wilfrid’s Hospice bosses had hoped to stay at the Mill Gap Road building and applied for planning permission from Eastbourne Borough Council to redevelop the site.

That application was turned down after planners said it would be out of keeping with the area, an over development and unneighbourly to local residents.

Trustees then set about finding an alternative site within the town to build a bespoke hospice and building work soon began on the Broadwater way building.

Proceeds from the sale of the old hospice will go to the charity and used for its work in the new purpose built facility. For information on the property call Rager and Roberts on 430133.