SOLIHULL is set to become the new base for Birmingham Dogs’ Home after the long running rescue charity announced it wants to move its operation to the borough.
The dogs’ home is seeking to build a new £5m centre near Catherine-de-Barnes, and has drawn up plans for a headquarters capable of receiving and caring for stray and relinquished dogs in the greater Birmingham area.
The charity, founded in 1892, has been in its current inner-city location in New Bartholomew Street, Digbeth, since 1987 but says it desperately needs a new, purpose-built base.
However the scheme could prove controversial, since it would involve development of green belt land.
General manager Simon Price said: “The biggest problem we have here is that we are in the middle of town and have zero exercise facilities.
“The facilities are not good and are deteriorating. We have been fortunate to be supported by the public but we need to expand and look to relocate to new premises.”
If planning permission is granted, the centre will provide 120 purpose-built kennels in four main kennel blocks with additional kennels in a behavioural suite and for isolation. Unlike the existing facility, there will be external exercise space for the dogs and an area for dog walking.
The design of the building, which would be the home and HQ for the charity, would help integrate the scheme with the landscape. The charity has said it believes the unique nature of their work justifies the development on green belt land.
Brooke Smith, planning associate director, said: “The current site, situated within a city centre industrial area, has come to the end of its life and this new facility, which we hope will be supported by Solihull MBC, will bring new much needed facilities for the unfortunately ever-increasing number of stray and relinquished dogs.”