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Residential Permission Granted for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Outline planning permission has been granted by Birmingham City Council for the construction of six semi detached dwellings on the site of a former Psychology Services Institution at Monyhull Hall Road in Birmingham.

Whilst the original section of the building is likely to be late Victorian / Edwardian, two large single storey extensions have been added to the building together with other modern additions, such as a large metal fire escape. The building, which consisted of a number of therapy rooms and offices, were until recently used by South Birmingham Psychology Services. However, following restructuring of the services the facility was surplus to requirements and was therefore earmarked for disposal.

Brooke Smith Planning was brought on board by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, to obtain best value from the land by obtaining an appropriate and viable planning consent. Following negotiations with the Council and an assessment of the local market, a scheme for the provision of family dwellings was formed.  The consented scheme proposed the erection of six semi detached 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings with associated parking and garaging.

The size and layout of the outline scheme took into account a number of constraining factors on the site, including overlooking windows from a recently constructed adjacent apartment building and a number of large mature trees. Whilst undertaking the necessary due diligences for the application, bats were also found in the building. The submission therefore appropriately addressed this additional constraint.

The site is be auctioned, creating much needed income for the Trust. It is anticipated that the monies received via auction will be considerably more than if the site had been sold as an institutional use, without the valuable residential consent.