Vital restoration work to a popular sports club in Knowle could be put on hold after councillors refused to give planning permission for a 60-bed care home to help finance the scheme.
Planning permission has been granted for an extension at the Old Silhillians Clubhouse, on Warwick Road, but proposals were thrown out for a care home on adjoining land, which would have financed the club’s improvements.
As well as bankrolling the refurbishment, through sale of the land, the care home would have provided dementia and specialist nursing care accommodation.
As well as providing improved changing facilities at the sports club, there are also plans for the club to run independently from the Old Silhillians Association (OSA), by the players themselves.
Members at last week’s planning committee meeting praised the club, which caters for sports including rugby, hockey and football, but said it could not justify sacrificing part of the greenbelt for the care home.
Councillor Jeff Potts (Con, Knowle) said: “I have got sympathy for people with dementia but this is a big building.”
Coun Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) described the application as ‘distasteful.”
“To make a special case for financial reasons - I have never heard of that before.”
Kathy Else, the agent working on behalf of the applicant, told the Solihull News: “We are extremely disappointed with the outcome of the meeting and the implications this will have for the club’s improvements.”