Controversial West Midlands care home gets green light at sixth attempt

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A new care home planned for Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands has been given the go-ahead at the sixth attempt despite opposition from local residents.

The Moundsley Hall Nursing Home’s plans to develop a site were approved after a narrow seven to five vote by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee.

Although the project has the backing of the West Midlands Care Association and Birmingham Care Consortium, residents had complained the two-storey building would be too large, overshadow neighbours and cause traffic congestion. They also argued that a care home was out of character for the road.

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The first planning applications went in more than nine years ago, while earlier plans were rejected by a government inspector on appeal.

But Moundsley Hall architect Richard Bailey said the scheme now fully addresses all of the issues raised by the planning inspector.

“The scheme would provide a good residential environment for the occupiers of the home without causing any harm to the neighbours,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

The committee was told by officials that issues raised in the planning appeal had been addressed and there was no reason to refuse it. It is also understood that the new plans are smaller than previous proposals.

However, Coun Maureen Cornish (Con Sutton Four Oaks) insisted very little had changed from the earlier proposals. “It would be overbearing and out of character,” she said.

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