Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Updated: OAP flats plan for Four Ashes Road field

A PLAN has been submitted for older peoples’ apartments next to a proposed housing development off Four Ashes Road, Bentley Heath.

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A planning application was submitted this week for 51 “extra care apartments” in a two storey building.

It would go in a field south of 38 proposed houses between Four Ashes Road and Widney Road, by the roundabout by Widney Manor Cemetery.

The development would also include a residents’ lounge, dining room , function room, guest suite, staff rooms, kitchen and laundry and 29 parking spaces.

The application says: "The proposals put forward represent the full and effective use of this site in a way that achieves a quality development that makes a positive contribution to the environment of the area.

"In Solihull the number of households represented by the over 75s is projected to increase by 7,000 between 2008 and 2023 to compromise 21% of all the Borough’s households.

"This leads to a market demand for specialist accommodation together with specifically designed developments which can provide the opportunity for households to ‘downsize’, thereby releasing family housing for resale and re-letting."

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is considering the Crest Nicholson plan for 38 homes, lined in red above. As also reported by The Silhillian today, the site is earmarked for housing by the council.

The council will have the final say on both plans.

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