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Solihull Council planners could give go-ahead to changing height of Shirley's tallest building

Solihull Editorial 24th Apr, 2020   0

PLANS to alter the height of what is set to be Shirley’s tallest building are to go before Solihull Council.

The ExtraCare retirement village on Stratford Road is nearing completion, but developers Lioncourt Homes want to modify building heights.

The tallest block of 13 storeys would have its height reduced by five metres, but lower adjacent blocks would have elevations brought up by five metres.

Planning officers have recommended the proposals for approval.

They said: “It is considered the proposals will not result in any undue harm to the amenities enjoyed by neighbours.”

The village, a partnership between charity, ExtraCare and Solihull Council, is being built on nearly four acres of land on the former Powergen site in Shirley.

The site, between Stratford Road and Haslucks Green Road, was vacated almost 20 years ago and the offices stood derelict.

Planning permission for the development was first granted in 2016, a year later applicants amended plans to increase building heights.

Phase one of the retirement village was completed in December 2019, when a show apartment was opened at the £61.5 million development.

Solihull Council leader Councillor Ian Courts, who attended the event opening, said at the time: “It’s fantastic to see the progress made with ExtraCare’s retirement village, here in Solihull. This will be a great development for the people of Solihull and it is heartening to see the investment that is being made locally in new home for the retired community.

“I’m confident the village will become a key asset of the Solihull area, bringing residents and the community, of all ages, together.”

Other amendments going before the planning committee on April 29 include a ‘slight reduction in balcony width’, and new door and window designs.

The committee is set to meet digitally as all meetings are halted owing to the coronavirus pandemic.


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