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A FORMER care home in the Gaer area could be turned into a convent.

If approved by Newport City Council, Willow House on Stow Park Circle will be home to the Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy, who are currently based at Llantarnam Abbey near Cwmbran.

The plans, that were submitted by LRJ Planning on behalf of the applicant, include twelve bedrooms, four study rooms, and multiple communal areas.

Also, two full-time members of staff would be based at the convent – this would be shared between four staff.

The design and access statement said:

“As no external alterations are required to the external fabric of the building, the proposal will provide a sustainable re-use of a vacant building that will ultimately preserve the character of this part of the Conservation Area.”

In early 2021, the care home was proposed to be changed into a rehabilitation centre for women serving a prison sentence. But following objections this didn’t go ahead.

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