Care village plan set for expansion

An aerial view of the Clarendon Suites site

Developers of a new care village in Birmingham have applied for planning permission to amend the size of the development.

Edgbaston Care Home Ltd, together with BSL Strategic Ltd plan to replace the old Clarandon Suites in Edgbaston with the new care facility.

Plans for the development were originally approved in May last year.

They proposed a 60-bed care home, 19 assisted living units and 99 care apartments, together with a mix of communal facilities, car parking, landscaping and engineering works.

The care home was planned as an L-shaped building of four to five storeys and would provide care to patients in individual rooms, each of which will have en-suite facilities.

The ground floor of the care home would include communal facilities including restaurant, cinema, library, IT suite, gym, consulting/treatment rooms, hairdressers and cafe.

The 19 Assisted Living apartments (ALA) approved consisted of 15 one-bed units and four two-bed units, while the 99 care apartments were set to comprise: 17 one bed, 81 two beds and one three bed units.

Residents from the ALA and care apartments would also have access to the communal facilities.

The revised scheme would see the overall floor area of the village increased from 16,107sqm to 22,742sqm, while the three, four and five storeys approved would see the addition of a sixth storey.

The number of care apartments would increase from 99 flats to 103 flats, with the number of assisted living flats increasing from 19 to 51. The number of beds in the care home would be reduced from 60 to 52.

The changes would see the addition of a further seven parking spaces, taking capacity up to 98.

An amenity space in the centre of the development would be expanded to 1,009 sqm from 968 sqm, but a space at the rear of the development would be reduced in size from 1,682 sqm to 1,343 sqm.

The increase in floorspace would see the creation of a new basement area to provide a spa and wellness centre, and create a larger footprint to one of the blocks.

The Clarandon Suites, formerly the Warwickshire Masonic Temple and Edgbaston Assembly Rooms, closed in 2015 and consent to demolish the buildings was gained under a previous planning approval.

The revised scheme is set for approval at Thursday’s city planning committee.