A BLACKBURN beauty salon and NHS wig supplier is to move into a heritage-listed building in the town centre.

The Gossip Beauty Salon is to take over a vacant shop unit in Church Street's Waterloo Pavilions.

The business run by Mrs Nahida Mariam Chaudhri is currently operating from Lower Cockcroft in Ewood.

She has now applied for listed building consent to put up two signs on her new premises,

The Waterloo Pavilions were built in 1835 and their Georgian splendour meant that they were granted Grade II heritage-listed status.

A supporting statement with the application to Blackburn with Darwen Council says: "This document accompanies a listed building and advertisement application for the proposed installation of an external fascia signage to the front of Waterloo Pavilions, Unit 1, 36 Church Street, Blackburn.

"The site is located within the city centre of Blackburn and is directly opposite the shopping mall and adjacent to other businesses, shops and banks.

"The applicant would like to propose a fascia signage to the front elevation of the building for the purpose of their business.

"To meet the standard stipulated the proposal is to have the “MANE HQ specialist wig boutique” text signage and also the same for “Gossip beauty salon” in pink on a plain white dibond board which will only require fpur screws to be affixed to the building’s fascia.

"Each letter will be cut out and affixed to the board to minimise damage to the exterior.

"'Mane HQ' is a brand and widely known throughout East Lancashire and the applicant is the only NHS supplier within the whole of the East Lancashire region.

“'Gossip Beauty Salon' is the beauty salon business which was established 14 years ago and is a highly reputable business with a strong client base throughout Blackburn, Darwen and beyond and I strongly feel that it is a brand that requires presence in this location.

"In conclusion, we feel that the proposal compliments the surrounding area in visual terms and would satisfy current planning policy and guidance.

"The applicant is excited to start trading from this building and would be delighted if this meets your approval.

"The unit has been redundant for a number of years and I strongly believe the town needs as many heritage buildings to be occupied as possible.

"With both businesses the applicant endeavours to bring a lot more foot fall to the area."