A £2 million animal hospital is to be built in Sandwell under new plans which have been unveiled.
The charity PDSA wants to build the centre on a patch of land next to the Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury to replace its current base in the town on Hagley Road West.
Bosses at the organisation say they have been working on the plans for two years after seeing an increase in demand for its services.
The new site will be known as the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Centre for North-West Birmingham and Sandwell and will feature the latest veterinary equipment.
The hospital currently employs full and part-time veterinary and non-veterinary staff and the new centre is expected to secure more than 30 jobs for the borough, but it is not yet known if any new jobs will be created.
Sandwell Council cabinet members will be asked to decide whether or not to sell off the land to the organisation so the new centre can be built.
A report on the scheme has been prepared for the council’s asset management and land disposal cabinet committee.
The chairman, Councillor Mahboob Hussain said: “The site has been identified as an ideal location for the required People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Centre due to its good access from all parts of Sandwell and North West Birmingham and its proximity to the existing centre, located on the corner of Hagley Road West and Stanley Road, Oldbury.”
The report also recognises the importance of the centre to provide an animal welfare service for the borough and recommends that council chiefs approve the release of the land to the charity at a meeting on Wednesday.
A failure to agree a deal on the land could see the charity look elsewhere outside the borough for an alternative site.
The land has originally been earmarked for redevelopment by the firm Stoford Developments Ltd.
However, the scheme never got off the ground.
The report also recommends selling a further 1.37 acres of council-owned land next to the hospital site on the open market.