The site of a former swimming baths last used around 10 years ago could become the location for 11 new homes.

Mr A. Khan of HPB Asser Ltd applied to Rossendale Council, seeking to demolish the derelict former Haslingden swimming baths in East Bank Avenue and build 11 new homes in its place.

The plans also include a new road access and landscaping.

A planning statement reads: “The site consists of a former public bath, a large area of hard standing used for parking and a colony of former garages accessed from the rear of the site via Helmshore Road, East Bank Avenue and Lyndale Avenue.

“The site comprises previously developed land and was previously owned by Rossendale Council before being disposed of in December 2019 for redevelopment.”

As well as the 11 new homes, of which 10 will be semi-detached, and one detached, there is provision for 23 parking spaces (two per property).

The planning statement continues: “The proposals have been designed to be sympathetic to the surrounding area, and to provide quality and accommodate the demands of modern home living and home working spaces.

“Natural stone walls are proposed to the front elevation and coloured render finish to the rear and gable elevations, with replica slate/tile roofs. The window and door frames are to be in UPVC.

“Recycling and waste bins will be stored principally at the rear/side of each dwelling.

“The proposals include 11 dwellings and present an appropriate opportunity to redevelop this vacant site causing much concern to residents.

“The development is in a sustainable location and used high quality design and sustainable principles and is therefore delivering the most efficient use of this site.

“The development will also improve the openness and accessibility of the site and surrounding area.

“The scale and appearance of the new development along with the associated landscaping will present a much more positive aspect to the surrounding area. This will enhance the social and physical environment of the site and wider community.

“The proposals are for high-quality family dwellings which positively contribute to the local environment and respect the character and appearance of the area.

“The scheme complies with design policy at national, regional, and local levels and is therefore considered to be acceptable.”

Plans were originally submitted in March, but further reports were needed including one in relation to contaminated land.

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