Plans have gone in to change some former offices into four flats.

The proposals, for the first floor of 67 Deardengate in Haslingden, also include creating four new flats on the second floor of the building.

The first floor of the property is currently offices, but it is believed these have not been in use for a couple of years.

The flats would comprise two one-bed units and two two-bed units.

Four similar flats will be created on the second floor.

All the flats will contain windows/skylights, and the proposals also include provision for a bike store for eight bikes, as well as a bin store.

A statement submitted alongside the plans reads: “Due to the location of the apartments, it is thought that the residents will not require or need the use of their own cars as public transport is both reliable, well-sourced and accessible.

“The change of use from commercial to residential will not require parking.

“Due to the proposal being an internal conversion, there will be no change to the external elevations of the building and will have no negative impact on the Haslingden conservation area.

“The proposal has a positive impact on the heritage value of the Haslingden area as it is suggested to convert the derelict site which is not in use to a usable once again.

“It may be concluded that the proposed development will have no impact on the heritage value of the area, considering the internal work and therefore planning should be granted.”

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans can do so via Rossendale Council’s planning portal.