An office building in the centre of Lichfield could be demolished to make way for retirement apartments.
Developers have submitted plans to knock down Guardian House, which sits on the junction of the Birmingham Road and Rotten Row.
The new ‘Extra Care’ facility being proposed would feature 65 apartments.
A statement supporting the application said there was a need for such a facility.
“There is a severe shortage of Extra Care accommodation nationally and locally,” it said.
“There is a critical shortage of specialist accommodation for older people and there is a need to provide this to meet the need to serve this under-served section of society.”
The development could create around 17 new jobs and is designed to help older people continue to live independently.
It would feature communal lounge areas and a catering space.
The statement added: “The proposed accommodation provides independent living for the elderly with day to day assistance in the form of domestic help and domiciliary care trailers to individual needs.
“The basic concept is to maintain independent living through the design of the building and its range of communal facilities and with necessary levels of oversight help, care and assistance immediately available to residents.”
Full details of the proposals can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.