Privacy fears over plan for new 30-bed care home in Walsall

The former Social Welfare and Inclusion Response Center on Brownhills Road, Walsall.  Photo: Google
The former Social Welfare and Inclusion Response Center on Brownhills Road, Walsall. Photo: Google

Exemplar Health Care plans to convert the former Social Care and Inclusion Response Center on Brownhills Road into a two-story facility, creating around 100 full-time and part-time jobs.

If approved by the Walsall Council Planning Committee, the nursing home would be the company’s first in Walsall to cater to adults with complex needs.

However, officials said residents were concerned about the proposed two-story, 8.8-meter-high new build.

The concerns were that the proposed construction will overlook the gardens on Lichfield Road, compromising the views and privacy of the gardens, and altering the views from the gardens as the existing building is only one story.

Despite these concerns, committee members are advised to give the proposal the go-ahead at a meeting on Thursday, as officials said the proposal will not have a material impact on the neighbors or the area.

Founded in 1999, the company said there was a need for such a facility in Walsall that would cater for a range of needs including Parkinson’s disease, complex dementia, Huntington’s disease, acquired brain injuries, spinal injuries, mental health and physical disabilities.

Representatives added that the development would bring a number of benefits to the region.

They said: “The proposal will facilitate the rehabilitation of an undeveloped wasteland, make positive use of it again and provide an urgently needed facility of this type in the Walsall area.

“The proposed project offers quality accommodation for service users with spacious private rooms and common areas to meet different needs. This includes lounges, relaxation rooms, activity rooms and training rooms.

“The facility will enable local people to use local facilities that suit their needs rather than waiting in hospital for beds or moving out of the Walsall area.

“[It] would create new employment opportunities in the area, both in terms of temporary employment opportunities during construction and over 100 full / part-time jobs when the home is operational.

“The supply of long-term jobs will be large and include medical professionals and auxiliary workers.

“The nature of the operation will mean that there will be several options for employees who want to combine family life around work. This will also help the local economy in terms of economic benefits. “

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