A new bid has been launched by the owner of a Forres nursing home to build adjacent to his site at the Meadowlark Care Centre.
Two bids to build houses – the first for six units and the second for five – have already been made on the site at Mannachie Road in the town, but both were refused by Moray Council planners after objections were raised by local residents.
Now Renaissance Care’s founder and chief executive Robert Kilgour says that they are prepared to hand the rest of the site over to the local authority if that was a way of having a further single-home application approved.
Mr Kilgour said: “The area could be turned into a play park or whatever the people living nearby want.
“We only want to get planning permission for one home, which will be by the road and not overlook anyone’s property.”
Meadowlark is home for 60 residents and Mr Kilgour says that proceeds from the sale of the land would go towards refurbishment works on the nursing home.
“We want to build a conservatory at the home which would improve things for our residents,” he added.
Renaissance Care has a turnover of over £17million each year, operating 12 care homes in Scotland and employing around 700 part-time and full-time staff.