A FRESH bid is being made to convert a former community centre in Radcliffe into an older person's home.

Past efforts to regenerate the old over-60s club in Cobden Street have ultimately failed.

But The Great Northern Property Company has now pulled together proposals to part-demolish the building and convert the rest into a two-bedroom bungalow.

Planning agent Rachel Webber said the principle of providing residential accommodation at the location had been agreed with borough planning officers.

In the recent past though an application to make the old centre a stonemasons workshop with living quarters was rejected on noise and air pollution grounds.

And another attempt to reimagine the club as two new homes was also turned down.

Ms Webber has told planners: "A major consideration with past planning applications on the property has been parking and vehicular access and we acknowledge this as an issue.

"We believe that our plans allow for adequate parking provision and note that vehicle access was not considered problematic in the creation of two recently-built properties to the rear of the building."

He says the bungalow on the site of the club, which has been vacant for around 10 years, would be aimed at the over-55s market.

Ms Webber added: "Having stood empty for over 10 years, the building is in rather poor condition, and is aesthetically unattractive.

"This is therefore a good opportunity to bring the building back to use and improve the neighbourhood. The building is not fit for current purpose due to lack of demand and the significant costs associated with bringing the facilities up to a modern standard."