A RESIDENTIAL area of terraced housing has been earmarked for four new homes aimed at young families.

An outline planning application has been submitted to build the properties on a patch of land near Griffin Park in Witton, Blackburn.

Paul Greenwood from Lower Darwen wants to develop the land between Gurney Street and Park Place which is currently mainly open space with a few garden sheds and outhouses.

The site is close to Springfield Street which has several Grade II listed houses and the similarly heritage-protected park entrance.

The proposal is for a row of four terraced three-bedroomed houses similar in scale to nearby properties.

Supporting statements submitted with the application to Blackburn with Darwen Council, planners say: “The goal is to create a new row of houses on the site.

“Four plots will be created with two parking bays for each plot. Each plot will also have suitable garden to the rear. Also a communal bin storage area will be located on the site.

“The dwellings would be 2.5 storeys for young or growing families and similar in scale to the terrace houses on Gurney Street.

“The site is located in an extremely accessible location. Shops, schools, pharmacy, GP surgery, dental practice and recreational facilities all within walking distance. The A674 within 100m is a main bus route. Mill Hill train station is approximately one mile to the East.

“The proposed development is sufficiently separated from the heritage assets on Springfield Street to have no negative impact on their setting. The redevelopment of the land into residential use will secure it and ensure future conservation.”

Mill Hill and Moorgate ward’s Cllr Damian Talbot said: “On the face of it this looks a reasonable proposal in a reasonable location. I shall have to look at it carefully and consider residents’ views.”