PROPERTY bosses have told The Observer they are on the hunt for an operator for a care home at Blythe Valley Business Park – as plans for new homes reach their second phase.
IM Properties announced it had teamed up with Crest Nicholson to build a further 125 homes at the site and its other developer, Bloor Homes, handed a planning application for 170 homes to Solihull Council.
Planning chiefs gave IM Properties permission to build 750 homes, a 250-unit care facility and a 200-bed hotel on land around the business park last year.
The application approved was in a hybrid form, meaning it had sought full planning permission for specified parts of the plans including the new road access, internal road, landscaping and drainage features, but only outline permission for other parts of the scheme.
Lewis Payne, development director for IM Properties said: “We’re just about to launch a marketing campaign in the trade press to actively seek an operator for an extra-care facility.
“The hotel is likely to come at a slightly later stage, as Blythe Valley Park’s community begins to evolve with further commercial space alongside the residential, which has already got off to a great start with 290 of the 750 homes committed to by Bloor Homes and Crest Nicholson.”
Now Bloor homes has submitted a full planning application seeking permission to build 170 of those houses.
Bloor Homes said there will be a mix of one, two three and four-bedroom homes with open spaces and play opportunities for children.
As well as the application IM Properties said it had teamed up with Crest Nicholson to deliver 125 contemporary new homes, 31 of which will be affordable, including apartments, and three and four bedroom properties to form the second phase of the 750 homes.
The application from Crest Nicholson is said to be handed to the couuncil later this month.
Jonathan Dyke from IM Properties strategic land division, said: “It’s fantastic to have Crest Nicholson on board and great news that it chose Blythe to continue its regional expansion.
“The quality of homes both Crest Nicholson and Bloor Homes will deliver sits well with IM Properties’ vision for the business park, and reflects the high calibre of occupiers already attracted to the offices, amenities and prime setting within 122 acres of parkland.”
Solihull Council said the planning committee will decide on whether to grant Bloor Homes permission to build the houses will be made in the next three months.