Rumours a former care home in Spalding could be turned into a halfway house for prisoners or even a mosque have been quashed with the revelation of plans for flats and houses.
Months of speculation following the controversial closure of the Lincolnshire County Council-run Halmer Grange care home ended on Saturday morning when developers IMN Properties unveiled plans for 17 one and two-bed flats and six semi-detached houses.
Residents of the care home moved out two years ago after a campaign to save it failed and the building was put up for sale for £400,000.
Last week, neighbouring residents living along Grange Drive received a mysterious note through the door inviting them to meet with the developers to see the proposed plans.
Many found it emotional to see the building stripped to an empty shell and land left in a tangled mess in some areas by burglars looking for anything to sell.
Plans by architects Swan Edwards were on display in a former lounge and developer Wayne Delahoy outlined the proposed development and listened to residents’ concerns.
He said: “We understand there were bids to turn the building into a day care centre, a halfway house for prisoners and even a mosque.
“Spalding High School has bought the grounds and our plan is for flats and houses. We are here to listen to opinion and concerns so we can submit a planning application.”
Resident Mary Campbell was one of several worried not enough parking spaces had been allocated.
She said: “One space per property isn’t enough.
“It’s a quiet drive with a lot of elderly people living there who would not want a massive increase of traffic or people parking outside their properties.”