Flat plans for nursing home

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PLANS to convert a former nursing home in Ashbrooke into student flats goes before a Sunderland City Council committee today.

Applicant Akash Ghai wants to develop the vacant Jubilee Nursing Home, in Thornhill Crescent, into six apartments and 10 bedsits.

The plans also include a decked seating area in front of an existing conservatory in the front garden.

However, proposals for a barbecue area have been dropped following concerns about noise, raised by Thornholme City Corner Residents’ Association.

The residents’ association also fear that nine parking spaces may not be enough to cater for the 39 bedrooms and on-site janitor’s apartment, which would occupy the three storey L-shaped building.

A further objection to the development, within the Ashbrooke conservation area, was received from Sunderland University, however it did not go into any detail as to why.

Planning officers have recommended the South Sunderland development control sub-Committee approve the application, when they meet at the Civic Centre this afternoon.