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Daughter leaves planning meeting in tears after being told she can't build a home to care for her parents

A DEVOTED daughter left last week’s planning committee in tears after plans to allow her to build a bungalow in her garden to care for her critically ill and disabled parents were rejected.

A DEVOTED daughter left last week’s planning committee in tears after plans to allow her to build a bungalow in her garden to care for her critically ill and disabled parents were rejected.

Solihull Council had received an application from Gemma Devine and her husband to build the property by their home in James Dawson Drive, Millison’s Wood, Meriden.

The specially adapted house would allow the couple to care for their parents, one of whom is wheelchair-bound while the other has pancreatic cancer.

But last week’s meeting heard that planning officers had considered the development, on greenbelt land, too cramped and recommended it for refusal.

The couple’s architect, Gary Phillips, said: “They want to build a disabled access-friendly home so they can provide 24-hour care for their parents.

“They don’t want to have to put them into care. It’s not about making quick money.

“Although in greenbelt, it sits on an existing estate. We don’t feel it’s cramped.”

Councillor Robert Hulland (Con, Silhill) said he appreciated there were special circumstances but said the bungalow would make the centre of the estate feel too congested. The application was rejected five votes to four.

Leaving in tears after the decision, Gemma said: “We knew it was going to be refused but it’s just a bit of a shock.”

 

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