PLANS have been lodged to build 20 houses behind a care home.

Muir Housing Group and John Turner Construction Group Ltd are behind the proposals for land off Barkerhouse Road, in Nelson.

The homes would be new-build and for affordable rent and the development would be situated to the back of Nelson Manor care home.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application reads: The site is located accessed off Barkerhouse Road to the rear of the Nelson Manor Care Home and benefits from an existing and extant planning consent for 20 new build houses with associated gardens and parking provision.

"Development of the site stalled in 2009 due to the well documented macro-economics conditions of the time.

"Financial viability of a scheme has been constrained since then, and a grant funded affordable option is now proposed. "

The document added: "This new planning application on this already extant site will deliver 20 high quality new build and much affordable rented homes.

"The new properties will be constructed to high levels of sustainability incorporating the principles of Secure by Design whilst also applying the Building for Life standards."