An East Lancashire engineering firm has submitted plans to create a new car park and a storage yard.

The plans were submitted by Mr Tim Wiliams of Harrison Engineering Ltd, based in Billington near Clitheroe.

The firm was established in 1970 and moved to their current site at Judge Walmsley Mill in 1980. It specialises in metal fabrication and welding, producing large-scale structures for steel-framed buildings, gantries, fire escapes, access platforms, bridges, and industrial chimneys.

The existing site consists of a range of industrial buildings surrounded by outdoor storage areas and parking.

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A planning statement submitted to the council said: “The proposal is to extend the existing site onto the adjacent field to create 101 parking spaces and a storage yard.

“The majority of the area will be used as a storage yard for materials and assembly of products and storage of completed work prior to collection.

“Currently the site has parking for 90 cars, nine vans, four cycles, and no designated areas for HGVs.

“Moving the staff car park onto the proposed site will enable the route for HGVs around the site to be formalised and separate out a traffic route from areas used for storage.

“Two HGV loading bays and an HGV holding area will be provided. A designated area for parking vans is relocated adjacent to the proposed parking area.

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“Visitor parking is retained adjacent to the reception area along with cycle parking.”

The application also highlights how the proposed changes will improve site safety by allowing HGVs to move around more freely, and will allow the company to remain in Billington.

Anyone wishing to comment on the application can do so via the council’s website.