Dudley Council gives the go-ahead for care home on site of former gym

Dudley Council planners have approved a major new care home development on the site of a former gym on Quarry Bank. The 76-bedroom residential home will be on Thorns Road close to the Caledonia traffic island.

The building will be predominantly three storeys but with a two-storey section in the middle to fit in with the appearance of neighbouring buildings. The new care home will also include lounges and dining rooms for residents as well as a hair salon and nail bar.

The site will also feature gardens, parking for 38 vehicles and will retain most of the existing mature trees on the site. The gym that previously occupied the site has been demolished and planning permission had previously been granted for a new gym and 26 homes on the land in June 2020.

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The project never got off the ground and after three years permission lapsed allowing the proposal for the care home to go ahead. The reduction of the middle section to two storeys was an amendment to the original design to minimise the impact on nearby houses.

In a report on the application, council planning officers concluded: “As a result of the amendments sought, the proposal is considered acceptable with regards to design, occupier amenity, neighbour amenity, highways safety and parking and any further issues will be managed through planning conditions.” In a statement in support of the application, Marrons planning consultants, said: “There are significant social benefits arising from a care home proposal, including significant savings to the NHS, as a result of ‘bed blocking’ within hospitals and reduced falls at home.

“This is in addition to improved wellbeing and a reduction in loneliness for residents.” The application was made on behalf of Restful Homes Group which operates a number of care homes in the midlands and offers care for elderly people, especially those with dementia.

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