A planning application has been submitted to the council to turn a vacant retail unit into a pizza restaurant and takeaway.

Proposals were lodged with Rossendale Borough Council last week seeking permission to change a vacant shop on Market Street in Bacup into a restaurant called Fireaway, which would serve pizza.

A planning statement, submitted with drawings, asked for permission to install a flue within the premises as well as internal seating.

The statement read: "The proposal would provide internal seating area for patrons to enjoy hot cooked food, especially for shoppers, whilst also providing a new food outlet service for the local community.

"The proposal intends to also provide much needed economic boost to the existing area by providing a new restaurants within the parade with seating thereby attracting patrons from the local community and businesses.

"The vacant unit will be converted to provide new flavours of food for the community with freshly made pizza.

"The new restaurant would in turn also provide the employment of extra staff from the community."

If approved, Fireaway would be open from 8am until 11pm seven days a week, creating three full time and two part time jobs.

The applicant, Mr M Oliver, intends to provide enhancements to the premises while protecting its character and appearance.

Outdoor signs will be designed to meet the conservation area requirements using a low key, metal lettering with halo letting on the rear and the projecting sign incorporating metal frame and external led lighting.

The new proposed restaurant would incorporate acoustic insulation, reducing sound by 30 decibels, between the extraction flue system and the ceiling separating the unit with the above levels.

Anti-vibration mounts would also suppress any noise from the system reaching nearby receptors along the route of the flue.

Noise and odour assessments have been carried out.