A crumbling listed building in Lochwinnoch that has been described as a "danger to children" could be bulldozed to make way for a new care home.

Plans have been submitted to tear down the former dormitory building within the old St Joseph's Missionary College site in Corsefield Road, which operated as a nursing home until its closure in 2005.

The eyesore building - which dates back to 1936 - is now in an extremely poor condition due to neglect, vandalism and weathering, and structural surveys have concluded repairs are not viable.

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The rear of the C-listed building has fallen away and internal areas have been left exposed.

Applicant Graiseley Investments Ltd has discussed subsequent plans with the council for a 40-bed care home in its place which could save other structures on the site such as the chapel building.

A representation in support of the demolition has been submitted to the council and has described the building as a danger to kids with Forest View Primary School located nearby.

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has not objected to the plan, given that any renovation would likely amount to a re-build.

At a meeting this week, elected members on Renfrewshire Council's planning board were asked to approve the demolition but opted to carry out a site visit first before making any final decision.

A report to board said: "HES considers that, on balance, taking into account the condition and appearance of the building along with the likely costs of a meaningful restoration, that they do not object to the proposal.

"A suite of reports has been submitted which seek to demonstrate the repair works required would be so invasive that any architectural character left in this building would be lost.

"It is recognised the building in its current condition has a negative impact on the immediate environment visually as well as the safety aspect of surrounding uses.

"Its demolition and replacement with an appropriate residential care
scheme would significantly benefit the visual amenity of the immediate
area and the redevelopment of the St Joseph’s site as a whole.

"Removal of the dormitory block would open up the former care home site for redevelopment and the applicant has been discussing the proposals for a 40-bed care home that could facilitate the refurbishment and renovation of the structures around the elevated walled garden as well as the important chapel building which does have significant architectural qualities."

No formal application has yet been submitted to develop a new care home.

Once the site visit has taken place, the application will come back to the board for a final verdict to be made.

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