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Green light for Knowle care home bid

Solihull Editorial 10th Jul, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

PLANS to create a 60-bed care home on land at the Old Silhillians Sports Club in Knowle have been given the green light.

The home will be built by Gracewell Healthcare on a part of the Old Sils site which currently houses the caretaker’s house.

The sports club is set to use the cash from the sale of the land to invest over £1million in to refurbishing and extending its club house.

The care home will cater for people with dementia and create 38 full-time and 30 part-time jobs and 23 parking spaces.

The plan had previously been rejected as its benefits did not outweigh the substantial harm to the Greenbelt.

But after Gracewell provided Solihull Council with further information to back up its argument there was a lack of suitable care facilities in the borough and that it would provide 15 places for council social care, the scheme was given the support of the Council, subject to the backing of the Government’s National Planning Casework Unit.

This backing has now been secured and the proposal has been given the go-ahead.

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