THE former Airtours headquarters in Rossendale, plagued by vandals for eight years, could be set to make way for 74 new homes.

Former offices in Helmshore, vacated by the travel giant in 2003, have been on the market and the subject of a number of failed redevelopment bids.

But now Taylor Wimpey Homes wants to raze Holmefield House, in Holcombe Road, and construct a range of two to four bedroom homes and apartments.

The firm is arguing that there is little demand for either offices or warehousing in the Valley, leading to difficulties in seeking alternative occupiers.

Paul Nolan, from estate agents Nolan Redshaw, in support of the plans, said: “This brownfield site has been vacant now for a number of years.

“It has a derelict office building and extensive hard-standing areas.

"The office building has been subject to numerous break-ins and fires and is beyond economic repair or use.”

Other offices were already up for grabs at the likes of Hardman Mill in Rawtenstall and Network 65 off the A56 at Haslingden, he has told planners.