A GRADE-II listed school is to undergo repairs after its roof started leaking.

Work is to be carried out at Brambles East school in Holly Tree Close, Darwen, which dates back to the 19th century.

Brambles East is an independent day school providing specialist education for boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties

A planning application was submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council detailing the scale of the work earlier this year and now borough planners have granted permission as well as listed building consent.

The aim of the proposed works is to undertake a full external repairs scheme of the envelope of the property along with a roof replacement.

This is to ensure that the property is left watertight and to prevent any further deterioration of the building fabric both internally and externally.

The proposed works also include the provision of automated entrance gates and a new paved driveway.

Brambles East School building, formerly known as Woodlands, was constructed in about 1860.

The original building was designed by Ernest Bates of Manchester, who also designed India Mill and its famous chimney.

Borough planning officer Rebecca Halliwell said: "The application related to a grade-II listed building currently occupied as Brambles East School.

"It is used as an education facility, providing support and education to young adults with learning disabilities.

"The site itself is located with Darwen, and was formerly known as Woodlands, constructed around 1860.

"The original building was utilised as a family home by the Ashton family.

"It was originally set within a vast estate, however is now surrounded by residential dwellings.

"Policies 11 and 39 of the Local Plan Part 2 require alterations to be sympathetic to the existing building in the retention, replacement and restoration of historic features that sustain or enhance the significance of the asset.

"Development is to be of high design, demonstrating an understanding of its context and respecting the established character and appearance of the locality.

"The conservation officer confirmed that the proposed works are acceptable and that the design of the proposed gates is adequate."