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Government decision is ‘huge relief’ for hospice

MARIE Curie is celebrating the news that its plans for a new Solihull hospice will not be called in by the Government.

MARIE Curie is celebrating the news that its plans for a new Solihull hospice will not be called in by the Government.

Last month, councillors gave the charity the green-light to build a state-of-the-art facility on Marsh Lane.

Over 11,000 locals had signed a petition supporting the development, but there were also residents who opposed building on green belt land.

Having received permission from the local authority, Marie Curie were aware that the decision still had to go before the Government.

Speaking after the result, hospice manager Liz Cottier said that the charity would hold-off celebrations until they’d laid the first brick.

But now they’ve managed to clear the next hurdle, with news that the plans wouldn’t be challenged by the Government Office of the West Midlands.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “I am absolutely delighted at this decision, which would have delayed this much needed new facility. I wrote to the Government Office for the West Midlands asking them not to call the decision in because I so strongly believe that Marie Curie is so important - not only for the patients and their families but for the people of Solihull as a whole.”

However, the hospice could still face a challenge from elsewhere. After the planning committee approved plans, a three-month judicial review began.

“ Until this is over, the scheme could be challenged by any party who feels there is a legal reason.

The new building will feature more beds and improved facilities. Once the charity has moved out, it’s planned to turn the existing premises, on nearby Warwick Road, into residential housing.

 

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