A Wallington care home which was put into special measures by inspectors could be turned into a 22-room bedsit.

Tordarrach Nursing Home, in Hall Road, was rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in April following an unannounced visit during February.

Now a planning application submitted to Sutton Council by Gatwick Bedsits hopes to turn it from a care home into a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

But residents in the surrounding area have since expressed opposition during the consultation period up to August 3.

READ: Tordarrach Nursing Home enters 'special measures' after CQC inspection

Katherine Watkins, who lives in the same road, said: “I do not support the proposed application. Introducing a bedsit to the area and road will significantly alter the area.

“With multiple occupancy proposed, parking will be an even bigger issue – which is already the case when teachers and parents for the local school park and collect or drop off their children."

She also believes the amount of building work required will be a “major issue in a small road” that she says is “heavily populated” by cars.

John Trimnell, of Heathdene Road, said: “We moved here 25 years ago from another part of Wallington specifically for the peaceful, spacious character of the properties in this area combined with the proximity of the town centre with its shops and public transport amenities.

“We love living here alongside the people our area of special local character attracts.

“If this house is allowed to be converted into flats, a precedent would be set that would allow more and more development and/or conversion to multiple occupancy, irreversibly changing the nature of these roads.”

Mr Trimnell added the plans “will make life here a misery and make a mockery of our ASLC status”.

The proposals by Easyoffice Rental Ltd, trading under the name Gatwick Bedsits, also includes two extensions on the site and 10 new cycle parking spaces.

But since plans were submitted and validated on July 11, all 13 public comments it has received during the consultation period have been objections at the time of publishing.

Among them is Mayor of Sutton and Wallington South ward Cllr Steve Cook, who has submitted a comment regarding the plans.

It’s currently unknown when Sutton Council will make a decision on the proposals.

To see the plans, click here.