An application to build Birmingham’s new £31 million state-of-the-art dental hospital has been given a warm welcome by city planners.
The relocation of the city centre hospital to the former BBC Pebble Mill site in Edgbaston is a huge boost for Birmingham, according to the council’s planning committee.
City health chiefs can now go ahead and build a new Dental Hospital and a School of Dentistry with research and training facilities.
It will replace the city centre dental hospital which was developed over 40 years ago.
Committee member Coun Keith Linnecor (Lab, Oscott) said: “This is something that Birmingham badly needs, a first class dental facility.
“As someone who has had my share of dental problems over the years I wholeheartedly support this.”
Coun James Hutchings (Cons, Edgbaston) added: “This is a huge improvement on the existing hospital and the location, close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University of Birmingham, is ideal.
“It is also great to get the Pebble Mill site back into use.”
The outline planning permission must now be followed with detailed design proposals.
Birmingham Community Healthcare is working on the development with the University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull LIFT and Calthorpe Estates.
Medical Director Rick Roberts explained: “Birmingham Community Healthcare is committed to the continuing development of a broad range of specialist and community health services for the people of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region so we are very pleased to have reached this significant stage in the development of the new Dental Hospital.
“The existing hospital has given tremendous service for nearly half a century but it is clear that we need to relocate in order to continue providing the right quality of treatment for patients and learning opportunities for students. The City Council’s consent for the project to move forward is therefore very welcome.”
He added that further consultation will take place with the local community to develop the detailed plans.