Plans for 80-bed care home at Solihull's Blythe Valley Park set for approval - The Solihull Observer

Plans for 80-bed care home at Solihull's Blythe Valley Park set for approval

Solihull Editorial 1st Aug, 2019 Updated: 2nd Aug, 2019   0

PLANS for an 80-bed care home in Solihull’s Blythe Valley Park are set for approval.

The detailed plans submitted by Octopus Healthcare are to be discussed at a Solihull Council planning committee meeting next Wednesday (August 7).

They are recommended for approval by council officers subject to an extensive list of conditions, including starting works within three years.

The three-storey care home hopes to occupy a space known as Parcel L, one of several earmarked for development.

Plans include a cafe in the care home entrance, which will be open to the public and residents.

There would also be a 32-space car park and a day room for residents where they will dine and activities will be hosted.

An agenda report prepared for the meeting says that the new facility would create 40 full-time jobs.

The report states: “The care home will deliver a contemporary landmark building.

“The scheme also provides good pedestrian links between the café space and surrounding open space and local play area, thereby providing the potential for public amenity close to the Marl Pool recreation area.”

Planning company Ridge, which has been working with Octopus Healthcare on the application, said: “The proposals will assist in improving the choice of specialist accommodation and care for people in the locality, ensuring that they do not have to seek this elsewhere and potentially relocate from a familiar location that is close to their friends and family.

“The proposals will also add to the mix of development at Blythe Valley Park helping to create a mixed and balanced community.”

Hockley Heath Parish Council have objected to the proposal claiming it lacks traffic assessments – in particular the impact on the A3400 through Hockley Heath and School Road.

Some of the other conditions that planning approval hinges on include cycle provision, a green travel plan, the approval of a surface water run-off scheme, an agreed environmental plan as well as a commitment to replacing trees and hedges – among other things.


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