A FORMER care home which was forced to close over fears for residents’ safety could be on the verge of being turned into flats.

A planning application for Bloomhill House in Cardross – which was operated until April this year as the Clyde View care home – has been lodged with Argyll and Bute Council.

The owner, Mrs Reheela Khan, is seeking permission to convert the building into 10 flats, to demolish a 20th-century extension and to build a new extension containing four further flats in its place.

A design statement in support of the application says: “The building has been used as a care home until recently. The care home business is no longer trading from these premises.

“The existing building will convert to 10 flats with the minor alterations proposed. As a standalone development the conversion of the existing building alone will not be financially viable.

“For this reason an extension containing four flats is proposed. The profit from this extension makes the conversion project financially sound.”

The Care Inspectorate successfully sought an emergency cancellation of Clyde View Care Home’s operating licence in April after escalating concerns about how the home was being run.

The inspectors identified “significant concerns” about how residents were cared for, how medicines were managed, the washing and laundering of residents’ clothes, how infection was being prevented, and black mould and damaged plasterwork discovered in rooms, including bedrooms.