A decision has been made on plans which aim to refurbish and redesign a former care home in Newton Mearns and bring it back into operation.

Permission has been granted subject to conditions for the application for the north-west building known as ‘The House’ of the former residential care facility Wellmeadow Lodge.

Approval has been given for an extension at the front of the facility and associated alterations, including a ramp and platform to its front.

The decision also gives the green light to the erection of fencing, as well as an enclosure to house a sprinkler tank to the rear of the property which is located on Meadow Way.

There is a second vacant residential care building formerly known as ‘The Lodge’ located immediately to the west of the application site which does not form part of the proposed development.

This residential care facility, incorporating both of the vacant buildings, has been closed since 2021.

The building, subject to the application, previously accommodated 47 residents with 14 parking spaces and the plans aim to bring it back into operation as a residential care home for 40 residents with 14 parking spaces.

The proposed refurbishment and redesign of the building involves creating a two-storey front extension to facilitate a new entrance lobby with a new resident/visitor café area on the ground floor and a new day/dining room on the first floor.

There will also be a small single-storey extension created in part of a previously open archway area on the rear elevation to create a maintenance room.

A new sprinkler tank and associated pump will be located in the south-west corner of the site within a 1.8metre high timber-fenced enclosure and a new cycle storage area will be located next to the existing bin store.

The location of these have, however, still to be confirmed as per site conditions.

Two secure garden areas bounded by 1.2metre high steel fencing will be created at the front of the property on the east and south.

The parking areas will be in part redesigned/relocated.

According to planners, the development must begin within three years of permission being granted.

No construction work or offloading of delivered materials is allowed outwith 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.

No working is allowed on Sundays or local or national public holidays unless minor and temporary amendments have been otherwise agreed in advance in writing by the planning authority.

Limits have also been placed on noise from the proposed development and any associated equipment.