A former care in Yeovil could become a shared home for up to 20 people under new plans.

The Cool Runnings Too care home, located at 63 The Park, provided care for up to 12 elderly adults for more than 20 years before its recent closure.

Rob Cos of Bellvy Ltd., which is based in Sherborne, has now submitted plans to convert the care home into a house of multiple occupancy (HMO) which could house up to 20 individuals at any one time.

The former care home, originally known as Lyndon House, lies at the corner of The Park and Preston Road, a short distance from Yeovil Cemetery and less than a mile from the town’s hospital.

As part of the proposals, the number of car parking spaces within the site will be increased from six to ten, with two new motorcycle spaces also being provided.

A spokesman for M. W. Consultancy (representing the applicant) said the site would consist of 20 single occupancy sections and would be marketed to professionals based at local businesses.

They said: “The intention is to create a high-end boutique style residence, to attract the highest calibre of working professionals.

“The target resident will be doctors and nurses due to the close proximity to the hospital, trainee vets due to the close proximity of a practise on Preston Road, lecturers at Yeovil College and individuals working at Leonardo Helicopters.

“The creation of this HMO will allow professionals who wish to live and work in the area the opportunity to do so in a sustainable and desirable location.”

A HMO is a dwelling which has been sub-divided to allow multiple individuals or families to rent bedrooms while sharing communal facilities, such as the kitchen, bathroom and garden.

South Somerset District Council is expected to make a decision on the plans later in the year.