A PLAN to turn a disused Glasgow care home into a centre providing temporary accommodation for up to 200 asylum seekers has been submitted to Glasgow City Council.
The proposal by Mack Residential involves the former 88-bed Torbrae facility in Bogany Terrace, Castlemilk.
A document submitted to the council states: “The proposed future use of the facility is to accommodate asylum seekers on a temporary basis while their applications for asylum are considered and processed.
“The number of temporary residents accommodated at any one time would be at a higher intensity than the 88-bed maximum occupancy of the dementia care home (up to 200 residents), owing to the diminished need for — for instance — ensuite bathrooms, accessible bedroom layouts and storage for personal possessions.
“It is broadly envisaged that the main wings of the building would be configured for specific groups of occupants, those being family groups/individuals with children, pairs of individuals and those travelling alone.”
The centre would have central cooking and dining facilities plus capacity to provide healthcare check-ups. It would be staffed around the clock. No significant alterations to the building’s exterior are proposed.
The home closed several years ago after a report by the Care Inspectorate found failings in quality of care, management and staffing. The building is on the site of the former Mitchellhill Primary School.
Council officials are to consider whether the plan can go ahead.