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Birmingham Dogs’ Home to Move to Solihull

Birmingham Dog’s Home is looking to move its entire operation to a new, purpose-built facility in Solihull following the grant of planning permission by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Dogs’ Home cleared the first important hurdle on the 17th July, when the Council’s Planning Committee granting it consent. However, the application then had to been referred by the Council to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles to ascertain whether he wished to ‘call it in’ for his own determination.

The month of August got off to good start with confirmation that a local determination was acceptable and that Secretary of State did not want to interfere with local democracy. As such, we have now had the decision confirmed by the Council.

Brooke Smith Planning Director Will Charlton said: “This is an excellent scheme which we are proud to be part of. The Dogs’ Home is proposing a truly outstanding development which will respect its sensitive location whilst providing superb modern facilities and space for the dogs.

The current site, situated within a city centre industrial area has come to the end of its life and this new facility, will bring new much needed facilities for the unfortunately ever-increasing number of stray and relinquished dogs.”

Brooke Smith Planning were retained by the charity to secure permission to build a new centre near Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull and has drawn up plans for a highly sustainable building capable of receiving and caring for stray and relinquished dogs in the greater Birmingham area.

Birmingham Dogs’ Home, founded in 1892, has been in its current inner-city location in New Bartholomew Street in the Digbeth area of Birmingham since 1987 but desperately needs a new, purpose-built base.

The design of the facility, which would be the home and HQ for the charity, has been carefully positioned, while appropriate landscaping would help integrate the building with the landscape. The unique nature of the proposal is special enough to justify the development in the Green Belt and that the design of the building and site respond specifically to the sites location.

The centre will provide 120 purpose-built kennels in four main kennel blocks with additional kennels in a Behavioural Suite and for isolation. Unlike the existing facility, there will be external exercise space for the dogs and an area for dog walking.

By utilising sustainable methods and through design, the building would limit energy use and has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.