Another set of offices in Blackburn town centre's historic Richmond Terrace has been earmarked for flats.

Dilawer Banglawala has applied for planning permission to convert number nine on the street.

If approved it would be the latest of several office to apartments conversions along the terrace.

The move would return the building in the Richmond Terrace Conservation Area to the residential use for which it was originally constructed.

A supporting design, access and heritage statement submitted with the application to Blackburn with Darwen Council says: "Constructed in 1835 in a Georgian neo-classical style as Blackburn’s first purpose-built wholly residential development from red brick with a continuous moulded stone cornice,

"Richmond Terrace is now grade II listed.

"Formed by 21 individual two-storey buildings, each building has an ionic doorway with varying detailing and brick window headers, whilst 11 Richmond Terrace also has a raised curved pediment over its cornice with a coat of arms and lettering inscribed ‘Witton Estates Office’.

"Richmond Terrace Conservation Area is the oldest of five within Blackburn’s town centre.

"Individual buildings were internally converted and occupied by professional uses and today Richmond Terrace remains an established location for professionals and financial offices.

"Externally, the terrace’s principal frontage remains largely as originally constructed, although 21 Richmond Terrace does have some late twentieth century modifications at its ground floor level, whilst the rears of the many individual buildings have been substantially altered or extended.

"However, despite these changes, the terrace is considered to be intrinsic to the special architectural and historical interest of the conservation area.

"The historic nature of this property and the prime location was one of the factors that led the applicant to acquire the property.

"Due to the current economic climate many of the properties have been sat vacant for a number of years and potentially falling into disrepair.

"Our intention is to internally remodel the property from its current office space into residential flats across the floors.

"This will compromise of a generous one bed flat to the ground floor, one bed flat to the first floor and one bed flat to the second floor.

"The new proposal will strictly be internal and won’t adhere to any external changes or alter the character of the property.

"It was also considered that the heritage asset has little historical significance in that it is not a rarity and that the proposal represents a material benefit in that it would secure the future use of the building."