HAMPTON-IN-ARDEN residents are gearing up for another battle to try to stop a large care home being built in the village.
A planning application by the Sandstone Group for a 64-bed home at the corner of Old Station Road and Meriden Road was refused by Solihull Council but the developer appealed against the decision.
As a result, a public inquiry will be conducted by a Government inspector. The hearing has been fixed for November 11 at the Civic Suite in Solihull.
Local opposition to the proposal is being led by Hampton Society, whose chairman, Graham Juniper, said: "We have been against the plan for a residential care home on this site since it was first put forward a year or so ago and objected to Sandstone's application.
"We don't like the design of the building, which will be out of keeping with the character of this part of the village and overlook a conservation area.
"Also, the provision of on-site car parking is inadequate. Cars belonging to staff and visitors to the home will have to be parked on the road and this will create traffic hazards. The location of the planned development is at a very busy road junction."
The care home scheme involves the demolition of two houses, 8 Old Station Road and 1 Meriden Road, and building on gardens.