PLANS for a £9million student accommodation development in the heart of an historic part of Burnley have been revealed.

A planning application has been lodged with Burnley Council proposing to knock down the former Neptune pub on the outskirts of Burnley town centre and replace it with a four-storey 136-bedroom building at Sandygate Square including laundry room, gym, reception, study/resources room and students hub.

The proposal is located in the same place council bosses planned to build a luxury £10m apartment block with 130 ‘hotel suites’ in 2014.

However the hotel plans have been scrapped and instead new plans have been created to form the next phase of the On the Banks development.

Bosses at UCLan said they expect student numbers to grow at the campus from 400 to 4,000 by 2025.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application reads: “The site was recently redeveloped in 2014 into Sandygate Square to provide an open public realm and was previously covered with overgrown mature trees and a footpath link to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.

“Prior to this the history of site goes back to the Industrial Revolution of 19th century and was occupied by a mill and weaving shed which formed part of the Weavers Triangle.

"All that remains of this is the north weaving shed wall along Wiseman Street and a locally-listed Neptune public house which has been derelict for some years," the statement adds.

“A contemporary yet sensitive pallette of high-quality materials have been selected for the development which connect the building to the heritage of the site and the future and present regeneration ongoing in the area which create a homogenous appearance and identity to the area.”

The plans will be discussed by Burnley Council’s development control committee later this year in the hopes that the development would be completed by autumn 2020.

Speaking after the plan was first unveiled, council leader Cllr Mark Townsend said: “UCLan’s expansion plans for Burnley would be the envy of many other councils.

“The university has already made a significant investment in Victoria Mill and teaching resources in Burnley to deliver its growth.

“We want to maximise the ‘student pound’ and the economic benefits that students will bring, so the council has a role to play in making the town attractive to students.

“Good-quality accommodation is crucial.”