FORMER homeless shelter in Saltcoats is now set to be demolished to make way for new homes for elderly residents.

Plans for the demolition of the supported accommodation unit and housing association flats 25 Green Street And 13-15 Vernon Street were approved late last month.

The former shelter will be replaced with a new flatted block with 24 amenity/elderly residential flats, with a mix of one/two bedroom properties

The former Quarrier’s and Simon Community hostel closed its doors in 2019.

Planning documents state: “The proposed housing mix reflects Cunninghame Housing Association’s desire to provide flats for elderly and amenity tenants in a central and accessible location.

“Prior to the commencement of works on site, the existing building will be demolished.

“Consideration was given to the re-use of the existing building however the option to rebuild is seen as a means of achieving greater density on the site and realising an enhanced architectural quality and sustainable performance that will benefit the site.

“As part of the demolition works, any asbestos will be removed.”