A FORMER Widnes care home could be turned into private accommodation with up to 29 rooms.

Proposals have been submitted to turn Cartref Care Home on Derby Road into three houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

The home was forced to close in 2018 due to financial reasons which meant 25 patients had to be re-homed.

According to a document submitted to Halton Borough Council's planning department, each HMO in the proposed new development would have communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas and would all have individual bedrooms.

One of the HMOs would have nine bedrooms, one would have eight and the other would have 12 - six of which would be en suite.

The application has been submitted by Crosshill Property Partners, which already has 80 HMO rooms across eight properties.

In its submission to the planning committee, it said: "In terms of the proposal for development, it would bring back into use the vacant property that is in a prominent position and which is in a state of disrepair.

"The proposed development of three HMOs in this location would be an acceptable use for the land allocation within a primarily residential area, and the operation of the property would be appropriately managed by a professional company, specialising in this type of residential use thereby ensuring there would bot be a negative impact to residential amenity."

No date has yet been set for a decision.