An eyesore site in Blackburn will now be redeveloped with a modern job-creating industrial unit..

Councillors have approved the construction of an industrial unit with an integral two-storey office building on vacant brownfield land in Hollin Bridge Street, Ewood.

It will be 'in a modern, commercial style'.

Blackburn with Darwen Council's planning committee on Thursday night approved the proposal by H and P Gregson with 21 conditions despite five public objections.

Ewood ward councillors Jim Casey and Jon Baldwin both backed the scheme.

Architect Richard Maudsley told the meeting: "This proposal will revive an eyesore site and bring employment opportunities.

"It is a modern-looking and well designed building.

"It will have a positive visual and economic impact."

Labour's Cllr Casey said: "This has been a problem site for a significant number of years.

"There has been anti-social behaviour and a lot of fly-tipping there.

"It has been a bit of a blight on the area."

Conservative Cllr Baldwin said: "I welcome these plans which will be a positive outcome which will support the regeneration of the area.

"I support them,"

The objections from nearby residents included concerns about noise, traffic, parking and air pollution.

The new building will have a three-bay service area, offices and supporting rooms on the ground floor with offices and a meeting room on the first floor.