A planned care home will provide Solihull with a major sporting boost, developers argue.
Money raised from the sale of a parcel of brownfield land at Silhillians Sports Club will be used to revamp the popular outfit’s facilities.
This week plans for the care home, which will create 70 jobs, were officially unveiled by the sports club’s football, hockey and rugby teams.
SSC chairman Andrew Cluterbuck said: “There is an urgent need for this care facility and we have the land available to make it happen. The sale will mean that finally we have the funds to modernise the club which is used by so many local people.
“We need a club that has separate changing facilities for boys and girls, disabled access throughout and enough space for all the different sports that now use it – this is far from just a rugby club and is used by the whole community.
“We wanted to get our young sports boys and girls to unveil the new plans for the care home and the club because this will secure the future for them.”
SSC received the go ahead last year to extend and refurbish its clubhouse in Warwick Road, Knowle. But the care home that would bankroll the improvements was refused planning permission because of concerns by councillors it would impact on the greenbelt.
Ward councillor Jeff Potts (Con, Knowle) said at the time he had concerns about the size of the building.
Daniel Kay, director of Gracewell Healthcare, the company behind the care home, argued the scheme would serve the entire community.
“We want to provide the highest quality of care available to the people of Knowle and Solihull and this facility will allow us to do that,’’ he said. “At the same time we are delighted that our investment will guarantee the long term survival of the sporting club, which is such a vital part of the community.’’