The closure of Newent House is expected to inject £900,000 a year into council funds, a report has revealed.

The move will see two new care posts created, and will give way for a potential nursing home with dementia service.

People living in the residential care home were all moved out by April 30 and relocated to other homes.

Murray House in Acre Road received some of the residents.

Jan Hesse, whose mother, Irene Harmer, 97, lived at the home, said: “It was very, very traumatic for all the staff and for a lot of the residents.

"It was horrible, just a very unpleasant time and I still do not see the necessity."

But Councillor Margaret Thompson, lead member for healthy living and adult services, said: “I had comments from relatives that they were pleased they were informed all the way through.

"I am sure people couldn’t always understand why this was being done, but they were fully informed.”

The site of Newent House and the land is now being considered for a nursing home.

Coun Thompson said: “There is quite a long way to go before there is a concrete plan, but a nursing home with dementia services is certainly an option.

“There is more demand now, people are fortunately living longer and it does mean that we are going to be able to offer more dementia care.”

The land is currently owned by South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, who are planning to sell it.

But it is not yet known whether the site will go to a private company, or an NHS partnership.

Of the £900,000 in savings from the closure of Newent House, £500,000 will be invested into supporting the Kingston at Home scheme, designed to help people live in their own homes.

An occupational therapist post will be created, and a Telecare post, to assess the need of residents who wish to remain in their own homes.

The full report on the closure of Newent House and its effect on the new scheme will be discussed at a people’s services committee meeting in the Guildhall on June 25.

A former care home could be demolished to make way for new homes and off-street parking in Worcester Park.

The Yew Tree House care home in Church Road has been left empty for about two years, according to councillor David Fraser.

He said residents in Church Road were not happy with the planning application to demolish the old care home and build eight new homes with either three or four bedrooms each in its place.

The application has been submitted by Living Architects, based in Kilburn Lane, Queen’s Park, who handle residential, commercial and educational projects.

Church Road residents have started a petition against the development which will be discussed at the Malden and Coombe Planning Committee on Wednesday, July 10.