DEVELOPERS say the name of a 'discount' foodstore coming to a Lancashire town will be revealed soon.

Dransfield Property Limited have just been green light by Hyndburn Council for the 2499 sq m food store as well as 130 car parking spaces off Rhyddings Street in Oswaldtwistle.

The scheme will be on part of the site is where the Rhyddings Mill and Oswald House once stood.

Both were demolished due to being unsafe - with the mill razed in 2018 and Oswald House (that was originally built as a liberal club in 1894) in 2019.

Retail Property Director, Andrew Malley said: "We are delighted that planning permission for a new food store has been granted at Rhyddings Street in Oswaldtwistle.

"We look forward to bringing forward the regeneration of this important town centre site.

"We are in negotiations to secure an operator and look forward to making an announcement in the coming weeks."

In the officer's report it mentions that it would be a 'deep discount store which would offer a different provision to local people'.

Meanwhile, in the design and access statement, it said: "The development will substantially improve the visual character of the area and provide new investment into the centre.

"We therefore consider the proposed design will create a welcoming focal and destination point for the entrance off Rhyddings Street.

"We believe that the submitted proposals are of a high quality, which will significantly add to the architectural character of the area and enhance the surrounding environment."

Miles Parkinson OBE, leader of Hyndburn Council, said: "It is on an very important site was a shop fitters which had a fire two decades ago.

"It is in the heart of Oswaldtwistle and this development will keep people in the town to shop for better quality goods from the smaller shops that you cannot get elsewhere.

"It will lead to the regeneration of an eyesore site which has been blighted by anti-social behaviour and made safe.

"It is just another area of Hyndburn which is getting regenerated."

Hyndburn MP and St Andrews ward councillor Sara Britcliffe said: "This part of Oswaldtwistle has needed investment for a long time and this will help to rejuvenate the area.

"It will be a boost to the local economy with jobs and footfall of people shopping there.

"It has been my common goal to make that Oswaldtwistle is rejuvenated as well as attracting business to Hyndburn as a whole."