Plans have been lodged to turn a former restaurant and pub into a DIY superstore.

Imran Ali of Greencliffe Commercial applied to Pendle Council last year to build DIY superstore on the site of the former Shanghi Restaurant, which before that was the Wigglesworth Arms, on Burnley Road in Brierfield.

The existing site comprises of the former Wigglesworth Arms Public House which was previously in use as a restaurant and is now a DIY store and vacant land to the rear which was formerly a school and presbytery.

The proposal is to demolish the DIY store and use the entire site for commercial use with a newly-built DIY retail cash and carry store and associated car parking and storage for DIY materials.

A design and access statement submitted alongside the plans states: “The proposed development will essentially replace the existing building and the derelict land to make way for a purpose built building to bring employment, retain an existing growing business within the local borough.

“The building will house all necessary material to allow the business to grow with an open plan double height internal space.

“The future occupants will be able to store/distribute goods and carry out the daily activities within the spaces.

“The proposed scheme offers on-site customer and staff car parking with cycle storage racks and the capability for an articulated lorry to manoeuvre within the site boundary to make the necessary deliveries to and from the site.

“The size and height of the building is set within the proposed parameters and is designed to accommodate current market requirements, whilst building in flexibility for future growth and changing needs.

“The external height of the building is approximately 9m with a clear internal height of 7m.”

There are to be 38 car parking spaces created and 10 cycle spaces, and if approved, the superstore would create 25 full time roles and 12 part time roles.

Opening times would be 8am until 8pm Monday to Saturday and 8pm until 6pm on Sundays.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans has until March 1 to do so.