26th Feb, 2021

Fears over strain on Shirley's health services if new care home given green light

Sarah Mason 20th Jan, 2021

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Developers, Macc Care Group want to demolish the old Morrisons store on Stratford Road, which closed in 2019, and build a new multi-storey scheme in its place.

Planning documents show a seven-storey building which will feature 111 residential apartments and an 84 bed care home facility if the scheme is given the green light.

It also shows plans for a 130-space car park and onsite gym, salon and restaurant.

The borough’s Conservative East ward Councillors said they are ‘alarmed and concerned’ by the scale of the building, which they argue will overshadow nearby streets.

Councillors Mark Parker, Annette Mackenzie and Karen Grinsell have set up a petition calling for the application from Macc Care Group to be thrown out.

They said: “Your Shirley East Councillors are concerned that the proposals for yet another care home in Shirley will put pressure on local health services in the area.

“While we welcome the opportunity to redevelop a redundant site we are alarmed and concerned at the proposals to build a seven floor block.

“The height of the proposed building will be the highest at the southern end of Shirley and it will be out of kilter with other building frontages.

“It will dominate the skyline around suburban roads such as Sutherland Avenue, Solihull Road, Longmore Road, Wayfield Road and others.”

The petition has been signed by more than 300 people in four days and will be handed to Solihull Council at the end of the consultation period.

Planning documents created by Claremount Planning Consultancy Ltd for Macc Care Group say the development will create more than 100 jobs.

It also claims the development will regenerate this part of Shirley at a time when significant investment is needed within centres.

For more on the petition visit https://www.change.org/ and type in Shirley Morrisons in the search box.

ACCORDING to figures from Legal and General the average weekly cost of private pay residential care in the West Midlands is highest in the Solihull Metropolitan area at £864.

Coventry City is £741 and Birmingham £724. Stoke on Trent is the cheapest at £646

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