AN eyesore empty pub is to be knocked down and and replaced with affordable homes councillors have decided.

Hyndburn Council Planning Committee yesterday (WEDNESDAY) approved a scheme to demolish The Cabin End Hotel in Windsor Road, Knuzden Brook, for four semi-detached houses and 16 flats.

Housing association Onward Homes wants will build the small estate for affordable rent.

Several local residents had objected but the committee approved the scheme unanimously.

Chairman Cllr Eamonn Higgins said: "The pub is an eyesore now. There will be no shortage of people wanting to move into the new homes."

Conservative spokeswoman Cllr Judith Addison said: "It is not a building of character or an heritage building. It will be good to have a housing development there."

Committee vice-chairman Cllr Dave Parkins said: "It will enhance the area somewhat."

Church ward's Cllr Jean Battle said: "There is a shortage of good affordable housing in Hyndburn especially disabled access housing."

The approval for the scheme is subject to 21 conditions including a £10,000 payment towards public open space in the area.