PLANS for a multi-million pound project to provide accommodation for East Lancashire’s retired army veterans and homeless people have been submitted.

Hyndburn Council received the planning application from Building for Humanity after the cabinet agreed to gift land on Charter Street, Accrington, to the organisation for development.

The project aims to deliver simple, sustainable and low energy performance homes to those who need them most.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “Our is to ensure housing is accessible to those who may feel owning or renting an affordable home is only a dream.

“Over and above that, Building for Humanity wants to transform poor housing by delivering on its promise to ensure its properties are designed with cutting-edge energy efficient and environmentally friendly measures - further reducing fuel poverty. By investing in green building techniques, it will lower its long-term burden on our natural environment while providing for those who need help today.”

The proposed development will deliver 46 units, which will consist of a mixture of apartments and houses, in a high-quality layout set in well landscaped grounds and contemporary in style.

The community is at the heart of the project, represented in the introduction of their own community hub on site. This will be a centre for residents to access training, support and guidance from partner agencies.

The spokesman added: “By investing in net zero carbon ready affordable homes, Building for Humanity is focused on helping the most vulnerable, low income families, ex veterans and the homeless to give them the resources to have a healthier quality and way of life.”

Sara Britcliffe, MP for Hyndburn, said: “Building for Humanity’s recent planning application demonstrates their commitment to providing quality homes for those in need, I look forward to keeping up to date with their journey.”