AN extension is being sought by paper firm bosses to strengthen their operation in Blackburn.

Cleaning and toilet roll makers Star Tissue is seeking planning permission for extra storage at their Princess Street works.

Under their proposals, a steel frame building would link their main manufacturing building to their nearby storage facilities.

An existing weaving shed would also have a new apex roof installed, to allow for the higher storage of larger rolls.

Planning agent Nixie Edwards said: “As the business continues to grow, the current site has reached its full manufacturing and storage capacity.

“The businesses product range continues to develop and expand, and the current storage facilities are beyond their maximum capabilities inhibiting the chance for the business to expand further

“To combat this, the applicants wish to erect a new building and replace the roof of the weaving shed to increase the height.”

Under managing director Khalid Saifullah, Star has previously been identified as one of the top 1,000 companies to inspire Europe.

The planning agent added: “The applicants are certain they wish to keep their manufacturing business within Blackburn and want to enhance and improve their current site rather than look for a new larger site that would measure up against the existing site and also allow for further expansion.

“Such a site may not be readily available in Blackburn currently and moving business premises is a long and lengthy process that could also disrupt ongoing business activities.”