Plans have been submitted to “rejuvenate” an old office building by turning it into two houses.

Trustees of the Standen Settlement have applied to Ribble Valley Borough Council to change the use of the former Standen Estate office in Littlemoor Road, Clitheroe.

The property has been vacant since March 2023 having then been vacated by Ingham & Yorke, who had occupied the building since 1954.

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The applicants say this is an “exciting opportunity to rejuvenate the building” and give it a new lease of life.

A design statement submitted to the council said: “Whilst the building has the opportunity to be converted into additional units or apartments, the scheme naturally splits into two traditional dwellings.

Lancashire Telegraph: The former offices could be turned into two homesThe former offices could be turned into two homes (Image: Sunderland Peacock Architects)

“Unit 1 introduces a central doorway for the main entrance as well as some additional fenestration alterations which reflect the design aesthetic.

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“To the side and rear, additional openings create connection to the garden spaces for the units. Externally, the detached garage is removed and fencing installed to define residential garden spaces with the settlement boundary line and an enhanced external aesthetic.

Lancashire Telegraph: The rear of the buildingThe rear of the building (Image: Sunderland Peacock Architects)

“The existing materials and external detailing will be retained and enhanced through renovation such as re-roofing, re-pointing, and general making good of the building.

“The proposal will create a visual and material enhancement to the streetscene. This will include the retention of the larger ground floor openings as well as the reinstatement of more uniformed openings.

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“The impact of the adjacent listed cottages will be low.”

The statement continued by saying the introduction of the new houses will “enhance” the setting.

Anyone wishing to view the plans in full or to comment on them, visit the council’s planning website.