Plans have been submitted to convert a six bedroom home in Carshalton into a care home for people with learning disabilities.

The Heathcotes Group wants to knock down the garage of the six bedroom home in Little Woodcote Lane, add two-storey side extension and transform it into an eight bedroom residential care home.

The planning application was submitted to Sutton Council on November 30 and designs show there to be a breakfast room, two lounges, and several en suites across the two floors.

The 1,161 square metre home would employ 20 staff, working on a shift basis.

In a planning statement to support the application, Heathcotes said: "The aim is to give service users as normal a life as possible with the goal of enabling them to be self-sufficient at some point in the future."

The Heathcotes Group describes itself as one of the most experienced providers of residential care for adults with a learning disability.

It has more than 35 specialist services and has worked with more than 50 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups since 2004.

A Heathcotes Group spokesman said: "We always try to create a really homely atmosphere, it is after all their home that we are creating. They will be living there on a permanent basis.

"Designs always encourage them [the residents] to be as self-sufficient as possible and give them the life skills that they, hopefully, will be able to take into a more independent setting.

"That is always the ambition, to set them up for a better, more independent, situation if possible.

"In terms of the building itself, it is very typical of what we do. We try to take an existing house in a residential area and give them as close to a normal residential domestic setting as possible."

There are also plans for two new facilities in Sutton within the next 12-month period.

The consultation period will currently last until January 17, allowing for people to support or object it, while some neighbours have currently been consulted.