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APARTMENT SCHEME: Plans submitted for Solihull sheltered housing

APARTMENT SCHEME: Plans submitted for Solihull sheltered housing

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Designs have been unveiled for a 54-flat retirement development in the heart of Solihull.

The apartment scheme would include the demolition of part of The Rectory building, near to St Alphege Church, and the conversion of the remaining wings.

Developers Pegasus has said that the sheltered housing plan will help meet the growing needs of an ageing population increasingly keen to downsize.

While a quarter of borough households are made up solely of pensioners, there is concern that so many of the property proposals coming forward at present are aimed at older residents.

Designs for the Church Hill Road scheme are set to be closely scrutinised given the proximity of the Grade I-listed church and the fact that the new development falls in the town centre’s conservation area.

Some different options have been discussed by the developers over the past year, culminating in the project that has now been handed to the council.

A planning statement confirmed the intention is to demolish a single-storey wing of The Rectory and create two-storey wings to the east and west.

This area would provide six one-bedroom homes.

The bulk of the the apartments would, however, sit within a new-build block to the south, with 48 one and two-bedroom units.

Thirty four parking spaces would be provided for the complex.

Making the case for approval, papers said: “The use of the site for housing for older people is wholly appropriate at this location and the design of the proposal will make a positive contribution to the site that will respect and enhance the character of the area.”

The Rectory, which is currently vacant, was built in 1934 and replaced a grander building which had been erected on the site in the second half of the 19th century.

The plot had previously been owned by the Birmingham
Diocese.

Proposals are set to be considered by Solihull planners in the coming months.

Words: David Irwin, Local Democracy Reporter


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