Care home to be turned into flats

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council has approved the plan Durham County Council has approved the plan

A FORMER care home is to be converted into flats after planning approval was granted.

Councillors have backed plans for the conversion at Stanfield House in Joicey Square, Stanley, and it will now be turned into 14 residential apartments.

The application was made by Ranjit Singh and approved by the north area planning committee of Durham County Council.

The committee heard that although it has been vacant for some time, the building is in good order with only peripheral vandalism to a small complex of detached garages.

Senior planning officer Steve France recommended the plan for approval and his advice was followed by members.

He said: “As conversion of a modern building in general good order, with minimal alteration, to a directly comparable use, the implications of the scheme are much reduced over what would usually be expected for a scheme that constitutes ‘major development’.”

One resident wrote to the council expressing concern that the development would lead to an increase in noise and anti social behaviour, particularly if they are let to young people.

Mr France said: “The likely change in demographic of the new residents is acknowledged, but is not a problem in its own right.

“The planning implications for privacy and amenity can be ensured by the imposition of restrictive conditions.

“The scheme seeks to bring back into use a large, prominent building at the centre of Stanley to provide a sustainable form of development.”

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