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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Nursing home conversion approved
Moorheads building
The former nursing home is set to see a change of use
Plans to turn a former Dumfries nursing home into a hostel have been given the green light by councillors.

They gave the Moorheads building on St Michael Street a three-year house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence.

The owners will now transform the building into an eight-bedroom hostel with a 24-hour concierge service.

Objectors raised concerns about the historic location and possible disruption but councillors decided their case was not strong enough.

The chairman of the Nithsdale area regulatory committee, Ronnie Nicholson, said there were insufficient grounds to refuse the licence.

'Important building'

"I couldn't see any justification for not granting it for three years," he said.

"There will be close monitoring of the HMO and I am quite reassured by that."

However, Councillor Billy Little expressed disappointment that his move to limit the licence to 18 months failed.

"I am disappointed that the committee didn't give sufficient regard to the weight of objections," he said.

"It is a very historic and sensitive spot. Moorheads is a very important building - it is held in high regard by the people of Dumfries."

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