A FORMER bed and breakfast is set to be transformed into a care home.
The planning application to change Ro-An Moor, in Stafford Road, to a mixed use care facility has been given the go-ahead by planning chiefs at East Staffordshire Borough Council.
The building which was formerly Ro-An-Moor Guest House, was last redesigned in 2008, when planning permission was granted to change the building from a swimming pool building into a bed and breakfast.
Concerns raised by neighbouring residents during the application process included the speed limit of the Stafford Road, potential loss of value to surrounding homes and the fact that there are already a number of care homes on the Stafford Road.
However, borough council planning chiefs have advised residents to contact the county council regarding speed limits.
The report stated: “A neighbouring response was that the speed limit of the Stafford Road should be decreased to 30mph to allow for safer crossing of the road.
“Another concern was that there may be loss of value to neighbouring properties and difficulty selling properties.
“There are a number of care homes on the Stafford Road.”
The planning officer’s report said: “The building can support the new use, without the need to extend the building and detriment the street-scene.
“The proposal will not have a detrimental impact upon the occupiers of nearby properties.
“The property is currently in use as a bed and breakfast business, and it is not considered that the proposal will detrimentally alter the number of trips to and from the property significantly.
“It is not considered that the proposed use would result in unacceptable disturbance or noise given the residential use.
“The issues raised with regard to the speed limit on the Stafford Road cannot be controlled through this proposal and any comments or concerns should be forwarded to the Highway Authority at Staffordshire County Council for review.”
The only material changes to the outside of the building noted in the planning application are the insertion of new window in the north-west elevation of the building and the blocking up of a doorway in the south-west elevation.