AN application to turn a former Yeadon care home into eight apartments has been given the green light.

The plans will see partial demolition and extensions built at the former Brooklands Residential Home in Harper Lane.

A mix of one and two-bedroom apartments will be created in the building, with on-site car parking and also a garden shed for each apartment to provide bicycle storage facilities.

The care home closed in 2015 after being placed in special measures. Following the closure there was a separate application to turn it into flats which was rejected by Leeds City Council.

The ground floor will be made up of three one-bedroom flats and one two-bedroom flat, and the first floor will consist of one one-bedroom flat and three two-bedroom flats.

Twelve car parking spaces will be created, and the communal garden area will be retained.

The application was submitted by Leeds-based firm Vision Properties.

Brooklands Residential Home ran into problems after an inspection in June 2015 by the Care Quality Commission, which judged it inadequate in three out of five categories. In its report the commission said the service was also found to be inadequate during an inspection in July 2014. Inspectors found a number of issues of concern at the home which was registered to provide accommodation for up to 27 people.

Brooklands manager Mandy Jowett defended its standards and its reputation, describing it as a "home from home."

She said the home had established an enviable reputation within the local community and with professionals. She said residents had spoken of feeling happy living there and of feeling well cared for, but CQC had identified a number of areas of new legislation where their standards had not been met.

In an attempt to address the problem a new member of staff with experience in compliance legislation was appointed.

In December 2015 it was announced that the home was to close - drawing sympathy from Otley and Yeadon councillor, Sandy Lay.

He said: "I'm saddened the owners have chosen to close the home following their Care Quality Commission inspections.

"Sadly, it is increasingly challenging for family-led homes like Brooklands to jump through all the hoops necessary to provide safe, high quality care that, rightly, residents and their families now expect."