A BUSINESSMAN has resubmitted plans to the council seeking permission to turn a former kitchen and bathroom showroom into seven apartments.

Shamrais Ansar, of KRS Construction NW Ltd, wants permission from Hyndburn Borough Council to change the showroom between Grimshaw Street and King Street in Clayton-le-Moors, into seven residential apartments.

An application was originally lodged earlier this year to convert the former ASC Showroom, in Whalley Road, but was refused by the council in March.

The council’s decision notice said the proposed flats provided “an unacceptably low quality of amenity for residents” due to “insufficient natural light and poor outlook”, “inconvenient and insecure access”, and a lack of outdoor and parking space.

It added proposed external stairs also harmed the appearance of the building and neighbourhood.

This resubmission was lodged in the middle of May, however, the highways department stated previous comments made on the first submission remain, including concerns over parking and submitted drawings.

The statement from the highways department reads: “No scaled drawing has been submitted showing a parking plan for the proposal.

“A scaled drawing needs to be submitted and a few car parking spaces could be made available on the site.”

Highways officials also stated that a drawing needed to be submitted showing plans for a disabled bay, electrical vehicle charging point, bay for a delivery van and a cycle store, which was secure, covered and lockable for at least five bikes.

A drawing for the cycle spaces has since been submitted with highways officials deeming the plans acceptable.

The site is a former retail building, which is currently vacant.

A heritage statement reads: “In summary, this statement finds the development has the potential to enhance the character and appearance of the locality, by bringing the vacant building back into active use, through sympathetic conversion.

“There would be no harm to the heritage asset.”

It is understood the building was initially constructed as a stable building for the Enfield Corn Mill by the Appleby family, who ran the mills.

The building was also later used as Urban District Council offices.