RESIDENTS living near the proposed Marie Curie hospice site in Marsh Lane, Solihull, have expressed their shock after they claim the charity behind the scheme initially discounted the 6.2 acre site because it was much larger than the 3 to 4 acres site it needed.
MLARG (Marsh Lane Area Residents Group), are campaigning against the controversial plans for a new facility for terminally ill people on a piece of green belt land.
The group has criticised the charity for the small size of its proposed inpatient department, with 24 beds planned which will take up less than a quarter of the 4,703 square metre floor space.
Resident Adrian Hill, who attended an emergency meeting of the MLARG last weekend, said: “What we want to know is why is a building that is so much larger than needed, being planned for Green Belt land with such a low percentage of clinical facilities and such a lot of conference and administration facilities? Is this a local hospice or a major regional headquarters for the charity?”
Liz Cottier, hospice manager for Marie Curie in Warwick Road, said: “We have never said that the site is too large, the surplus land will be landscaped anyway into the proposed scheme.”
She added that the charity is still planning to press ahead with the scheme and had received a large number of letters from people across Solihull in support of their plans.