A father has claimed he has been confined to a hospital bed more than 100 miles from his home because he has been refused permission to extend his home to accommodate his disability.
Tanzeer Hussain has been cared for at a hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire, since being paralysed following a car accident 18 months ago.
He said he can only return to his end-terrace home in Somerville Road, Small Heath, if there is a large downstairs bedroom, bath and toilet with space for hoist and other disabled facilities plus round-the-clock carer supervision.
But city planning chiefs, while expressing their sympathy, said they could not approve such a large extension fearing it could set a precedent for more homes to be over-extended and yesterday refused his request.
Following the decision his friend and architect Iftakhar Hussain said: “He will be bitterly disappointed. Very upset.”
Mr Hussain, aged 38, is a quadriplegic following the accident in February last year, and is now confined to his bed and wheelchair at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hospital in Oswestry.
In a heartfelt written plea to the planning committee he explained that his wife is only able to visit twice a week and their 11-year-old daughter once a fortnight. He rarely sees his elderly parents.
“I need to be able to come home to the Small Heath community I grew up with. How much longer do I have to stay in this hospital miles away from my family.
He believes that with a wheelchair, space to move and a ground level room he will have some degree of independence.
Hospital representative Sue Nasser told the council planning committee: “He is desperate to go home. He needs a lot of space, ventilation, 24-hour care and all the equipment.”
The committee was told by officers that the proposed single-storey extension was so large that it would have breached four council planning policies if built.
This would have been added to an existing single-storey rear extension and conservatory.
Committee member Coun Mohammed Fazal (Lab, Sprinfield) argued that these were exceptional circumstances. He said: “It is a tragedy what has happened to this family. It must be a big room to give this person enough space to carry on.”