New houses scheme for care home

Farmoor residential care home in Orrell

Farmoor residential care home in Orrell

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A WIGAN eyesore is soon to be revamped with new houses.

Oaktree Developments Ltd has applied for planning permission to transform the former Farmoor Residential Care Home, in Church Street, Orrell, into seven detached properties.

The houses will be a similar style to those erected at nearby Station Old Court firm, by sister firm Lowton Developments.

The scheme will be welcomed by residents who were fed up with the run-down mess, following the closure of the home eight years ago. In 2012, approval was given for the land to become a new site for Orrell’s community clinic, but plans never seemed to take shape.

Consultation will end next month and Oakland Developments hopes to start demolishing the building in the spring.

David Lloyd, managing director of Oaktree Developments, said: “This will be good for Orrell as we will use local labour and help the economy. We are aware that the building has caused a lot of frustration for local residents, so we are keen to demolish it as soon as we can.”

Conservative Federation chairman Michael Winstanley, who has been campaigning to eradicate the eyesore, said: “Anything that removed the problem of anti-social behaviour is welcome.”