An expanding car sales business wants to buy a patch of 'overgrown and unkempt' land in Great Harwood to build a new vehicle showroom while giving up rented premises in Blackburn.

Greenlight Automotive Ltd wants to use the site next to it existing operation in Park Road for the upgrade.

The land is currently owned by Hyndburn Council and up for sale.

The scheme would create 15 new jobs in the township.

Greenlight's boss Yaseen Quddous has applied for outline planning permission for the development from Hyndburn Council prior to starting negotiations to buy the site from the local authority.

A supporting statement submitted with the application says: "The parcel of land is generally overgrown and unkempt.

"In recent years the council has created mounds to prevent the land being used by others without permission.

"The land is now for sale on the open market, proving the land is surplus to the council’s requirements.

"Key facts about Greenlight Automotive Ltd are: approximately 100 cars a month are sold; the company has a £10 million a year turnover; and spends approximately £25,000 per month on car preparation and detailing.

"Greenlight Automotive in Great Harwood is the latest addition to the company’s locations.

"The site was previously a used car dealership and automotive garage and was taken over in 2022.

"This site is currently used for mechanical preparation and car sales which they would like to expand to consolidate all its business activities onto one site,

"At present, Greenlight Automotive Ltd moves cars from site to site. From acquisition they are moved to the Great Harwood site to be prepared for sale at either the showroom on Whalley Road or Audley Range sites in Blackburn.

"Owning the land would Greenlight Automotive Ltd to build a new glass front showroom and administration office.

"The proposal would bring a substantial economic benefit by creating new jobs for local people and create better access to other automotive supply businesses improving business links supply chains.

"Taking ownership of the site on Park Road will benefit the area by consolidating all its business activities on one site which it owns outright.

"It can increase economies of scale and reinvest money it currently spends on renting its sites in Blackburn back into its business in Great Harwood.

"It can improve efficiency by not having to transfer cars from site to site.

"It will create at least 15 new positions within the company attracting skilled labour and management skills to Great Harwood and bring more people to the area which gives them the opportunity to spend more money."