A councillor has backed a developer's plan to erect boundary security fencing to protect residents at a new care scheme in Heaton, Manchester.

Approval was given this week to transform the former site of North Heaton Primary School into an elderly care apartment scheme, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The area committee meeting for Heatons and Reddish heard that the scheme will develop a complex of seven one-bedroom, 34 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments.

Councillor Les Jones said that it was imperative that the proposal by developer Gladman Care Homes Ltd to install two-metre high boundary fencing goes ahead.

This is to protect residents from youths who have been gathering at the site for the past two years.

Chris Still, of Gladman, was quoted by the newspaper as saying the developer would work to ensure that residents do not feel "penned in" by the fence.

Last month, a proposal to install security fencing at a specialist school in Kendal was approved.