The £3.3 million redevelopment of Darwen Youth Centre is set to make major progress on Thursday.

Proposals to double the Knott Street building in size and upgrade its facilities will be debated by councillors.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has been recommended by officers to approve the upgrade the centre as part of the borough's youth zone.

The redevelopment will create a gaming cave, recording studio and new front entrance as well as a relocated and improved Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

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The site is next to the Darwen Town Centre Conservation Area.

A report to councillors says: "The proposed development involves various works to the existing single-storey youth centre to improve and expand its facilities.

"The development is being funded through the government’s Youth Investment Fund.

"Two side extensions are proposed to provide stair towers up to a new first floor level above the existing ground floor.

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"A front extension is proposed to provide a new main entrance.

"The existing MUGA would be relocated.

"Vehicular parking alterations and landscaping works are proposed throughout the site. Internal reconfigurations are also proposed.

"The existing youth centre currently provides a number of uses, which include a main recreational hall, green room, pool room and coffee bar.

"The building has been constructed in a utilitarian style. The wider site has an area of circa 1.3 acres.

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"Internally, a large flexible area, gym, café, gaming cave and supporting uses would be provided on the ground floor.

"A new lobby area would also be formed with a controlled gating system utilised to regulate access.

"On the first floor, an office, recording studio, DJ skills room, meeting rooms, wellbeing space, creative workshop and further supporting uses would all be provided.

" A new MUGA would be formed to the north of the youth centre. It would be enclosed by a 3.6m high sports fence.

"A further external recreational area would be formed to the northwest of the youth centre compete with benches.

"The proposals are overtly contemporary in their design. They would be a stark contrast and at odds with the character and appearance of the conservation area.

"That said, there is already a modern building in its place which is out of context with the conservation area.

"Whilst the proposed design is contemporary, it will be a visual improvement when compared with the existing structure.

"Subject to 22 conditions, the proposed development would be acceptable on all the relevant planning grounds."