A DERELICT former nursing home could be turned into a six-bedroomed family villa, if a developer gets his way.

Arthur Dallimer of Swindon-based William Arthur Property wants to restore 25 Croft Road, the former Sunnymead nursing home.

Failed planning applications have tried to turn the red brick mansion into bed sit flats. The latest flats bid was thrown out by the borough’s planning committee in late 2016.

Mr Dallimer says he plans to turn the boarded-up building back into a family home: “I’m going to refurbish and restore it. It’s part of my business; I’m not a developer that likes to destroy property. I’m very much for bringing back the original features.

“I live in Swindon, I’m local to the area. It’s always been a property I’ve driven past. It’s a beautiful house.”

Next week he will submit an application to Swindon Borough Council for a change of use for the building from its current status of nursing home back to residential.

The plans to convert it back into a family home are likely to prove popular. Dave Welham, 37, of Croft Road, told the Adver ahead of a recent auction where the house failed to sell: “I don’t want it to be a HMO, because of the parking. I’m hoping somebody will buy it and try and turn it back into a home.”

Old Town residents can get a flavour of his plans for the home on Monday. The house will be open from 4.30pm to 6pm, with people able to tour the house and see the developers plans.

To register for a ticket, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/property-discovery-day-25-croft-road-monday-28th-may-tickets-46350908816.