A care home is set to redeveloped to provide more than 60 one-bed ‘independent living’ flats in a six-storey block.

The Willows, in Honeypot Lane, Queensbury, will be knocked down after Brent Council’s planning committee approved plans to update the site.

Developers want to build 61 new flats, which will have supported care facilities, a communal lounge and dining area and a shared courtyard.

Krishma Shah, representing the application’s agent, Levitt Bernstein, explained that it was “not a care home” but will promote “independent living” and will allow residents to “remain there for many years”.

She added that the height of six storeys was deemed “appropriate” and confirmed that lifts would be installed to ensure ease of access for those living there.

The application was unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee, despite some concerns around parking and traffic disruption.

Planning officers explained that five parking spaces and an additional ambulance space is “adequate” and they will mostly be used by visitors as opposed to residents.

And they confirmed that there should not be any issues with bin collections, despite Honeypot Lane being described as a “busy road”, since the storage is set 13m back from the kerb.

The scheme will result in the loss of ten trees – predominantly ‘low grade’ ones and all without protection orders – but these will be replanted.

Cllr James Denselow, chairman of the planning committee, pointed out that the council has a building target of 500 new independent living units by 2022 and called for an update on its progress.