After being left derelict for years, a former care home looks set to be given a new lease of life.

Neighbours of Pow Beck Care Home, at Meadow Road, Mirehouse, have been concerned by the state of the property since its closure in 2018, with reports of youths congregating to drink and play loud music.

Excessive litter and damages have also been found at the site.

But with Pow Beck Developments submitting an application to Copeland Borough Council to redevelop the site, new life could be breathed into the property soon.

And Councillor Carl Walmsley, who represents Mirehouse ward on Whitehaven Town Council, couldn’t be more pleased, having spoken out about the “eyesore” plot throughout the years.

“I was honestly delighted when I got the plans sent through, and the majority of the residents off the estate share my delight,” he said.

“It will be brilliant to finally see the old building demolished and replaced with a brand new facility for our elderly.”

The developer has proposed demolishing the two storey building to create a new care home in its place, comprising of 36 one- and two-bedroom flats over three storeys.

Coun Walmsley, who also represents Whitehaven South ward on Copeland Council, continued: “There is a little understandable concern from the neighbouring houses about the fact its going to be three storeys high, possibly blocking out sun from there gardens.

“But the general feeling is that there is a massive buzz about the project, just as there was with the old St Benedicts club getting knocked down.

“I hope it happens pretty quickly, especially the demolition of the old building – it’s been a eyesore and a teenage hangout for far too long.”

If approved, the development will not only provide rented accommodation for the elderly, but also community spaces for all to enjoy, such as a lounge bistro and beauty hub.

Commenting on the plans, Andrew Watson, development director, said: "We identified a shortfall in extra care housing in Whitehaven, and [so] developed this proposal for a number of good quality, affordable flats, with 24-hour care available if required.

"We believe it will very much benefit the local community, as there will be additional facilities for everyone to come in and use as well."

Mr Watson continued: "Our view is that the community has put up with the eyesore for long enough, and it deserves better – and hopefully we will provide that with this development."

To find out more, search for application 4/21/2189/0F1 on the Copeland Council website.