An application has been submitted to the council to determine if prior approval is needed to change the upper floor of a business premises into two flats.

The application was lodged with Pendle Borough Council in June and relates to the premises above a Turkish Barber Shop in Wilson House on Dockray Street in Colne.

The applicant, Jennifer Petty, from Foulridge, wants to turn the upper floors into two two-bedroom flats complete with a lounge and kitchen.

Pendle Borough Council’s Environmental Health department said the only concern they had with the proposed change of use was the potential for noise nuisance for new residents from the businesses below and have recommended a scheme for noise insulation is provided for the building.

However, no objections have been raised by Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department, with a document submitted to Pendle Council reading: “The Highway Development Control Section does not have any objections regarding the proposed development at the above location.

“The building does not currently benefit from any associated off-street parking facilities, nor could any be reasonably provided. However, the building is located immediately adjacent to a bus route, serving local destinations and those further afield.

“There is limited waiting on the east side of Dockray Street and free, short stay parking on the public car park opposite, where parking could be available in the evenings or weekends when there is a lower demand from visitors to the local shops and facilities.

“The site is within acceptable walking distances of local facilities and amenities and therefore considered to be in a sustainable location.”

The council will make their decision on whether to grant approval in due course.