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Rehab plans for Dorridge

PLANS have been unveiled to create a Counselling and Life Coaching Centre in Dorridge.

PLANS have been unveiled to create a Counselling and Life Coaching Centre in Dorridge.

The seven-bedroomed Orchard House in Earlswood Road is set to offer residential stays to clients with ‘neurotic life concerns, anxiety, depression and undesirable habits such as over-eating and gambling’ according to a planning application from Harley Street psychotherapist Benjamin Fry.

The application states that the property will be used for two years with clients staying for between one to three months for residential pyschotherapy.

It also adds that “in a therapeutic community such as this, the aim is to undo a lifetime of such habits, one of which is often withdrawal or isolation, and one of the prime aims is to encourage clients to work together as a group to support each other.”

Mr Fry is keen to reassure local residents that the unit would not be detrimental to the community saying: “there are sometimes objections raised to this kind of use from local residents on the perception of the nature of the clients and of fear of crime.

“It must be stressed that clients will typically be wealthy and well-education, and most will be referred by the applicant’s Harley Street practice and from other colleagues in central London.”

It adds: “The proposal will provide a rehabilitation centre which will benefit society as a whole.”

Councillor Andrew Mackiewicz (Con) Dorridge & Hockley Heath said: “All I know is that it will be a spa with about 10 units but I would like to wait for comments from residents.”

The proposals came as plans were revealed to open a drug rehabilitation centre for wealthy Middle Eastern clients in Hockley Heath.

The private Aylesbury House Hotel has been sold to Right Start Foundation International.



Cathrina Hulse
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