Town and Country Planning

HPP secures planning permission and Listed Building Consent for a new care village for Solihull

14 May 2018 | Ridge News

The approved scheme incorporates the creation of a new care home in a Grade II* listed building on behalf of Octapus Healthcare.

Solihull College and University were seeking to relinquish the ownership of Tudor Grange House and an acute need for care home bed spaces and extra care units was identified within the immediate area.

Planning permission and Listed Building Consent has been secured for a change of use and alterations to Tudor Grange House, together with the erection of new buildings, to provide the new care village which comprised a 64 bed care home and 44 assisted living units and associated works. The site was particularly sensitive given that Tudor Grange House is a Grade II* listed building, however the project would mean breathing new life into the building, ensuring its longevity.

Working with Gaunt Francis Architects, the proposed scheme was of the highest quality to ensure the protection of the Grade II* listed building. Given the sensitivity of the site, HPP led a number of pre-app meetings with the Borough Council and Historic England. A public consultation event was also undertaken. The challenge was to preserve the site's heritage whilst creating a moden and fully accessible care home which had to be tailored for specific needs. The extensive meetings with the LPA and Historic England influenced the overall design of the conversion and new build.

The approved development was designed to provide for care of varying degrees and types which aimed to meet the needs of the individual.

Whilst it was found that the development would give rise to a limited level of less than substantial harm to the listed building, HPP was able to demonstrate that the public benefits associated with the scheme were such that they demonstrably and significantly outweighed this minimal harm.

Image Credit: Gaunt Francis Architects

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