UP to 100 jobs could be created after plans to build a 'prestigious' business park are set to be discussed this week.

Applicant Group First Limited submitted plans to Ribble Valley Council to build an 18-unit park on land adjacent to Time Technology Park in Blackburn Road.

The proposed plans include a 160-space car park, which would be used for the office and industrial businesses on site.

The building would occupy an area roughly the size of a football ground on top of a redundant car-parking area, with access via an existing private road and direct entry from Burnley Road.

It has been recommended the proposals, which were originally submitted in 2015, are deferred to the director of community services at the council to be approved, subject to a legal agreement.

Within a letter to the council, a spokesman for the applicant said: "The new structure is to be of a high performance wall and roof construction with a very high thermal efficiency, exceeding the current building regulations requirements.

"We believe that the structure will be highly energy efficient and cost-effective.

"We feel that the new business park will upgrade and complement the existing street scene and the existing business facilities adjacent.

"The general appearance will be of a prestigious business park."

The company owns several business parks across the UK, with one in Padiham, Blackburn and Burnley.

Within a council document, a spokesman said work must begin no later than three years from the date permission is granted.

A spokesman for Group First said: "Business First serviced offices are perfect for both new business start-ups and established companies.

"Along with ample parking, the centres offer a stylish reception, break-out areas, boardrooms with the latest audio visual presentation equipment.

"Our mission is to create market leading, professionally managed, investment property developments, which through our commitment to service, standards and value become the envy of the industry."

Cllr David Peat, who sits on Simonstone Parish Council, said the council would not be against an appropriate development that benefited the area.

The application will be discussed at a planning meeting on Thursday, which will take place at the borough council's chambers in Church Street, Clitheroe, from 6.30pm.