Plans that could see a mothballed nursing home project near Llanymynech transformed into homes have been submitted to Powys Council.

Unity House at Llandrinio had been expected to be transformed into a nursing home in 2008, but despite work starting after the planning application was given permission, it was not completed.

The building has been unoccupied ever since.

Now a new application has put forward plans for the change of use of the property, with minor extensions to the previously-approved application also included.

Applicant Charanjit Singh wants approval for change of use to form 15 one-bedroom apartments, two two-bedroom apartments and three studio apartments.

Plans also include associated parking for 27 vehicles together with amenity space.

The planning statement confirms affordable housing will be included in the development.

A statement accompanying the planning application reads: “The application seeks to introduce some minor alterations and a first-floor extension that will not significantly impact upon the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

“The building will remain very similar to what is existing.

“Under policy H5 new housing developments of five or more dwellings will be required to make contributions towards the provision of affordable housing and a 20 per cent affordable housing contribution will be required from the Unity House development.

“This will be achieved by a planning condition.”

Planning permission for a nursing home at the site was granted in May 2008 and building work began shortly afterwards.

However, it later became apparent the nursing home would be unviable and works stopped.

The site area is a small cluster of buildings located on the eastern boundary of the Development Boundary of Llandrinio as specified by the Powys Local Development Plan.

Unity House is found down a well-maintained tarmac/compacted gravel private lane and is bordered by The Old School House, St Peter and St Pauls Church and a large private house with the church car park and a small building opposite.

The plans will now be considered by Powys County Council, the authority responsible for the village.