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Decision over Wordsley care home expansion postponed

By Thomas Parkes | Wordsley | Property | Published:

A decision on controversial plans to extend a care home in Wordsley has been put off by councillors.

Hillcroft Nursing Home in Wordsley. Photo: Google

A single-storey extension for Hillcroft Nursing Home on the High Street was recommended for approval despite a string of complaints and objections.

And now Dudley Council's Development Control Committee have voted to carry out a site visit next month before they decide its future.

A string of objections, including an 86-strong petition, were submitted – with council leader Patrick Harley also voicing his concerns over the proposals.

Issues with congestion, a loss of trees, its impact on wildlife, and a loss of privacy were all raised by residents.

But planning officers at the council recommending an approval, with the impact having "less than substantial" harm to the area.

Owners of the care home say the extension is needed if it is to continue to operate.

A site visit will take place before the next committee meeting on December 4.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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