Hos­pi­tal plan is re­jected after park­ing con­cerns

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A PRO­POSAL for a new hos­pi­tal and re­search fa­cil­ity at the for­mer BBC Peb­ble Mill studios has hit a stum­bling block after de­vel­op­ers failed to gain plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Calthorpe Es­tates an­tic­i­pated Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil would give the green light to the eight-storey build­ing in Edg­bas­ton but the author­ity’s plan­ning com­mit­tee has put the brakes on it with mem­bers un­happy at the lack of in­for­ma­tion put for­ward.

The coun­cil had pre­vi­ously granted per­mis­sion for a 54,000 sq ft build­ing on the same plot, but Calthorpe’s lat­est scheme is for one al­most twice the size at 97,000 sq ft.

The main is­sue was that the de­vel- oper had only submitted an ‘out­line’ ap­pli­ca­tion which if ap­proved would have re­quired a more de­tailed ‘re­served mat­ters’ pro­posal at a later stage.

The end user has not been an­nounced although Calthorpe stated they were look­ing at pro­vid­ing more space for den­tal hos­pi­tal.

Cllr Gareth Moore, on the com­mit­tee, took is­sue with the fact the 167 park­ing spa­ces pro­posed may not be enough.

He said: “I think any in­vest­ment into pro­vid­ing bet­ter health­care should be most wel­comed, but it has to have the ap­pro­pri­ate park­ing ar­range­ments to sup­port that use.

“If at a later date the use in­ten­si­fies we have to know we have the park­ing to sup­port that oth­er­wise we are re­peat­ing the mis­takes we made with the Queen El­iz­a­beth [hos­pi­tal] un­for­tu­nately.”

Cllr Mau­reen Cor­nish was sim­i­larly un­happy about the fact West Mid- the neigh­bour­ing lands Fire Ser­vice had not been pro­vided with in­for­ma­tion around ac­cess ar­range­ments for fire­fight­ers and wa­ter sup­plies.

She said: “Although this would be a wel­come ad­di­tion it will be a huge de­vel­op­ment when com­pleted.

“I am not com­fort­able with wait­ing for re­served mat­ters to dis­cuss the fire ser­vice’s con­cerns. I would like to feel more con­fi­dent to­day.”

Cllrs Karen McCarthy and Lucy Sey­mour-Smith called for the com­mit­tee to de­fer a de­ci­sion ar­gu­ing res­i­dents in the area had not been con­sulted enough on the larger plans.

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of the plan

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