8th Dec, 2019

Flats and offices proposed for Homer Road near station

John Carlon 2nd Dec, 2019

A LARGE redevelopment of offices near Solihull railway station is being considered by councillors this Wednesday (December 4).

Apartment blocks are set to be built over a multistorey car park at offices on Princes Way while a century-old house could be demolished next door to make way for a seven-storey office complex.

A car park will have five storeys of residential floors built above it. The 60 flats would ‘deliver a distinct, high quality place to live’, according to applicants.

Communal areas and roof gardens would also make the apartments attractive to new residents. Officers in Solihull’s planning department have said £821,000 should be paid to the council in lieu of affordable housing.

Adjacent to the Princes Way offices, a former house on Homer Road would be razed to make way for a new office development with internal car parking.

The site, currently legal offices for Shakespeare Martineau LLP, has been earmarked for development for over a decade.

Homer House, on Homer Road, near Solihull railway station, was first put forward for redevelopment in 2009, as owners looked to turn the legal offices into facilities for up to 300 workers.

Cabins at the rear of the house would also go, for a seven storey office block to cover the site from Homer Road up to the Chiltern Main Line.

The building was originally constructed as a house in the early 20th Century.

Planning officers have recommended both developments for approval by Solihull councillors at a meeting of the planning committee on December 4.

They added the new buildings should be separated by at least 12 metres.

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