TWO former council-run care homes are to be demolished and redeveloped, following twin votes.

Cheveley House in Belmont and Grampian House in Peterlee were among five Durham County Council homes closed last year.

This week, the council’s central and east planning committee approved plans to demolish Cheveley and build 26 homes and demolish Grampian and build a new 55-bed Helen McArdle Care care home.

The Cheveley House scheme, off Brackendale Road, will involve two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom apartments and is being developed by All Saints Living.

Councillor Patrick Conway said he understood there had been concerns over increased traffic but they had been largely stilled during the consultation process and he was happy to support the scheme.

“Increased cars and traffic pose a challenge for the east of the city. But this particular site does need attention, otherwise the site will go into major problems,” he added.

Cllr Bill Moir said it was sad the care home had closed but there had been problems with the building and the new dwellings would be attractive, some would be “affordable” and the community would benefit, so the application “is only to be applauded”.

Cllr Geraldine Bleasdale said the existing building was horrible and she was sad it had been used as a care home.

Planning permission was granted unanimously.

On Grampian House, the committee heard the building no longer met healthcare standards.

Cllr Audrey Laing said Helen McArdle Care had a tremendous reputation and she had the greatest pleasure in supporting the application.

Permission was again granted unanimously.