PLANS for a new £20m hospice have been lodged with Solihull Council.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking to move from its present premises in Warwick Road to a new building at Marsh Lane.
The charity has said that the new state-of-the-art facilities would be a major boost for patients, but the plans have caused concern among some local people.
Liz Cottier, hospice manager, said: “The current building is over 100 years old and while the care we provide is excellent, the building’s size and age is restricting our ability to develop and reach more people.”
Twenty-four en suite bedrooms, a bistro area and landscaped gardens are included in the plans.
However, the project has proven controversial with people living along Marsh Lane and other nearby roads. In May, local residents, councillors and Solihull MP Lorely Burt turned out for a packed Q&A session. Issues raised included the possible increase in traffic and the loss of green belt land.
The proposals will go before the council’s planning committee later this year. If the application is given the green light, then the hospice is expected to be complete by 2012. The Warwick Road premises would then be redeveloped for residential use.
You can view the plans at www.solihull.gov.uk .
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