A BATHROOM, plumbing, heating, kitchens and bedroom supplier is proposing to add a new warehouse to it large showroom complex.

Sheth’s Interiors Ltd wants to build the storage unit at its premises at the Lower Audley Centre in Kent Street, Blackburn.

It aims to create new jobs and regenerate an area blighted by "unsightly vacant land".

The firm has been going for 38 years, growing from a local corner plumbing and heating distributor shop to a 40,000 square foot warehouse and showroom complex.

It has now applied for planning permission from Blackburn with Darwen Council for the construction of a new warehouse building.

In the application, it said: "We believe this proposed development will enhance the area and bring in much valuable ‘Employment Land Uses’.

"The development will also create a sustainable environment and regenerate an area blighted by unsightly vacant land or units."

The site comprises a terraced block of Industrial Type Units currently serving Sheth’s Interiors Ltd who occupy the whole site for their retail bathroom showroom, kitchen showroom, trade counter of plumbing supplies and ancillary storage.

The plans add: "The vacant land adjacent to the units is proposed to construct a new Industrial unit for ancillary storage.

"The proposal involves the construction of an attached industrial unit for storage purposes serving the current adjacent business.

"The applicant wishes to erect an industrial type portal frame building similar to other developments which have sprung up recently in this area due to the economic upturn.

"The proposed development consists of two ‘terraced’ industrial units which will have a total external footprint of 847 square metres.

"Uniformity, symmetry and consistency is evident with regards to finishes and overall heights of the new development

"The building is a simple clear span portal frame with a 5.6metres to eaves height which is standard on industrial buildings of this size and provides essentially a single-storey structure.

"This frame is then to be clad in a mixture of metal cladding and brickwork.

"The proposed materials sought on this application will enhance the streetscape.

"Also proposed to the units are galvanised roller shutters and galvanised powder coated steel cladded fire exit doors.

"The layout on the site is a linear arrangement in response to the natural setting of adjacent buildings, this forms an inward-looking terrace that creates a larger urban- type block rather than individual units and provides some mass and townscape in a unified and cohesive appearance."