A former domestic appliances shop is earmarked to become a new car sales showroom.

Zulfariz Rashid wants to convert and modernise the premises in Market Street, Church, to create a car dealership and forecourt.

He has applied to Hyndburn Council for planning permission for the change of use for 'The Market Street Works'.

A supporting statement submitted with Mr Rashid's application reads: "The premises is a detached property, probably constructed at the turn of the last century, constructed out of brick and covered with paint throughout the years.

"The proposal is for a change of use from existing vacant retail store into a car dealership / forecourt and the rear land to become within the curtilage of these premises.

"The shop is situated predominantly in a mixed used area containing residential dwellings and commercial premises close by.

"The last use of the premises was a retail shop selling home appliances and repair works were also provided. The shop is currently vacant.

"This premises is ideal for a car dealership as it is in a main road location and is in keeping within the area. The proposal will not affect any neighbouring properties or the public.

"The proposed change of use as good accessibility with off street parking within the premises and is situated on a bus route.

"The shop is on a ground level and pedestrianised immediately along the frontage so there would be no conflict with pedestrians and motorised vehicles.

"The scale of the development is compatible with the surrounding shop units – there would be no extensions to the built form however external changes are to be made to bring the premises up to a modern design.

"The land to the rear of the premises is currently in a state of disrepair. Several attempts have been made to find the owners but have been unsuccessful.

"Once the land has been adopted this would be used as staff / customer parking. The land will be regularly maintained.

"The proposal will have a positive impact on the vitality and viability of this local area providing a specialised service."