An expanding East Lancashire bedroom furniture supplier is seeking to extend is premises with a ew industrial unit.

First Choice Fitted Bedrooms Ltd have applied for planning permission for the new building at its base in Unit D on the Spring Vale Business Park in Watery Lane, Darwen.

It will be a single-storey industrial unit with associated improvements to parking and access.

The firm needs to construct it as it has grown too big for its current premises.

A supporting statement submitted with the planning application to Blackburn with Darwen Council says: "The site is located on the periphery of a secondary employment area occupying an elevated position at the junction of Watery Lane and Spring Vale Road.

"The site encompasses two detached structures: one accommodating three individual industrial units identified as units A, B and C with the other housing a single industrial unit, identified as unit D.

"Unit D is currently under the occupancy of First Choice Fitted Bedrooms Ltd., a bedroom furniture manufacturing company.

"First Choice Fitted Bedrooms Ltd. who have outgrown their available space and are proposing to occupy the new unit.

"The general form and appearance of the proposed new unit is designed to replicate the existing industrial units.

"The primary purpose of the new unit is to provide accommodation for the unloading and storage of materials that are used within the manufacturing process for First Choice Bedrooms Ltd.

"The current manufacturing process involves the assembly of bedroom furniture from pre-laminated timber core panels.

"The new unit will only contain existing equipment and machinery relocated from unit D. There are currently no plans for new machinery is to be brought to site.

"New loading bays will be used early morning to load the built furniture into long wheel based vans prior to their point of installation.

"The hours of operation for the manufacturing process will be 7.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

"The showroom and offices opening hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

"The proposals will secure employment in the area for the foreseeable future and will help an established business to grow.

"The new unit will visually blend in seamlessly with the existing unit and will be significantly screened by the proposed tree works and planting to the banking."