Residents living in the shadow of a proposed £20 million mental health unit heavily criticised plans for the complex at a public meeting in Birmingham last night.
Scores of people expressed concerns over revised plans for the new unit at Moseley Hall Hospital, which would cater for elderly patients displaced from the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital.
The original plans for the unit were scrapped
after campaigners against the proposals won a judicial review earlier this year.
Initial proposals for a 63-bed extension to the hospital would have meant demolishing 1,700 square metres of the existing building and replacing it with a 6,300 square metre complex.
Mental health chiefs told residents last night that under the new plans natural materials would be used in the development and the height of the buildings nearest residential roads would be lowered by ten feet.
People living near the proposed unit said they had no objections to it being built in their community. But they said changes to the plans had not gone far enough.
Andrew Powers, who lives on Amesbury Road, said that residents were concerned about the impact of proposed construction works, the loss of land because of the increased size of the hospital, and transportation and car parking issues.
He said: "We have serious technical concerns about the design of the building.
"I also urge the people behind these plans to take our concerns seriously. They should listen to them and make changes to the plans on the basis of them."
Dr Jonathan Shapiro, chairman of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, said: "This is a scheme that could be used by everyone in our society - our parents, our aunts and uncles, and even ourselves.
"We all want our dignity and our self-respect in later life."