A REGISTERED childminder has been granted temporary permission to turn a pair of semi-detached houses into a nursery at the second attempt.

Javed Patel had submitted a planning application in January last year to convert 53 and 55 Palmer Road, Shear Brow, Blackburn, into an Ofsted approved children's day care facility.

But he withdrew it after officials queried its impact on local roads and highway safety.

In May he submitted a second application to Blackburn with Darwen Council after his agent Urban Future Planning Consultancy Ltd has submitted a report by a qualified transport consultant.

Now he has been given planning permission for no more than 12 months with a condition that ' there shall be no more than 10 children utilising the outdoor play areas of the site at any given time in order to minimise the potential for noise pollution to occur for the immediate neighbours'.

A report by planning officer Christian Barton recommending approval said: "The application site is a pair of two-storey semi-detached properties located within the settlement of Blackburn, which have a lawful residential use.

"The site is positioned on a predominantly residential road.

"This application seeks part-retrospective consent to retain use of both properties as a children’s nursery.

"The accommodation would be spread over both levels and include activity rooms, sleeping rooms, and associated WC provision.

"The proposed operating hours would be 7.30am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays.

"The submitted highways technical note indicates that up to 40 children would be accommodated within the nursery, which would be supported by seven members of staff.

"Public comments have been received objecting on the following grounds;

 the proposals constitute over-development;

 noise pollution is currently emitted from the nursery;

 the privacy of neighbours may be adversely effected;

 on-street vehicle parking is constrained in the local area;

 a conservation area is positioned adjacent; and

 an outbuilding within the site has been converted to a sheltered area.

"A number of public comments have also been received supporting the application."

The borough highways department told Mr Barton: "There are concerns with a facility of this nature on a terraced street where there is existing strain for parking from the residents.

"On balance we would suggest a temporary permission is offered to enable the authority to observe and monitor the impact."