PLANS have been submitted to convert a former care home near Lye into 18 flats.

An application has been registered with Dudley Council planners to refurbish New Swinford Hall, Martley Drive, to create 18 self-contained flats for affordable rent.

The two-storey building, owned by Dudley Council, has lain derelict and boarded up since April 2016.

New Swinford Hall. Pic - Google Street View

New Swinford Hall. Pic - Google Street View

It was built in the 1970s to provide care facilities for the elderly and since 2009 up until when it closed the building provided short-term care for up to 18 people who had recently left hospital.

A design and access statement submitted to council planners states: “The proposal is to convert the existing building to provide 18 self-contained flats, 14 one-bed and four two-bed. There are no extensions to the existing building, only the addition of individual balconies to serve the first floor flats.

“All flats would be accessed via the existing entrance.

"The private communal garden at the rear of the property will be retained with new planting introduced around the building. The housing mix has been determined by Dudley MBC Housing Services to meet local demand and all will be rented by the council as affordable housing. The scheme is considered to be an appropriate use, scale and density for the area.”

The development would include 12 parking spaces and a cycle store.