PROPOSALS to convert a terraced house in Darwen into two flats have been rejected by planners.

PM Assets Ltd of Ewan Street, Manchester, wanted to refurbish the property into apartments.

But their application for the conversion of the home in Sudellside Street has been refused by Blackburn with Darwen Council, which deemed the change "inappropriate" for the area.

In a report, planning officer Christian Barton said: "The application site is a two-storey mid-terrace dwelling located within Darwen.

"The site is positioned on a main thoroughfare. Similar properties adjoin and surround to three sides with a large commercial building to the west.

"The dwelling is traditional in its form with natural stone elevations, a slate roof, white uPVC doors and windows and a walled yard to the rear.

"This application involves changing the lawful use of the entire building to form an apartment on each level.

"Each apartment would have one single bedroom together with kitchen, bathroom and living areas.

"Access to both apartments would be through the front door and only the ground floor apartment would have access to the rear yard.

"The nearest neighbours were notified. No public comments have been received

"The property is a mid-terrace house within an established residential area and lends to being brought into use as a single family home.

"I am also advised by our empty properties team that the new owner has already advised them that he intends to refurbish the property and rent it out as a single home.

"I believe there are a number of one and two bed apartments being developed in Darwen which would provide more suitable apartment accommodation.

"Based on the information provided, the proposed apartments would be for the general market and they would not be the most appropriate form of housing given the local context or the characteristics of the site, which are predominantly characterised by terraced family housing .

"The proposed development would therefore erode the supply of family housing in the local area."