The upgrade of the 'tired' park and play areas on Blackburn's 1950's Shadsworth Estate will be a great asset to its young people and families the local councillor has said.

Blackburn South East ward's Cllr Jim Shorrock praised the proposal as it was granted planning permission on Thursday.

He praised the revamp, as Blackburn with Darwen Council's planning committee approved the scheme to reinstate its children's play area, replace its Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), and revamp its skate park.

The move is a key part of owner, Together Housing Group's, £20 million makeover of the former council estate.

Tired old housing is being demolished and replaced with new properties. and a new youth hub built.

As part of the improvements, the main Shadsworth Park off Rothesay Road is to be refurbished with cash from the Government’s Youth Investment Fund (YIF).

Labour's Cllr Shorrock said: "I think this is a great addition. It will be well-used by schoolchildren.

"The play area and MUGA are very tired. It is a fantastic improvement."

Conservative planning spokesperson Cllr Paul Marrow said: "It will be a great addition to the area."

A report to the committee by planning manager Gavin Prescott said: "The area contains existing children’s play facilities, including an enclosed MUGA, skate park and play equipment.

"The proposed development involves various works to the existing public park area to improve and expand its facilities.

"The proposals can be grouped in to five broad areas.

"Firstly the replacement of the existing MUGA facility.

"Second, the upgrade and expansion of the existing skate and scoot park facilities including new surfacing and ramps.

"Third, improved facilities and dedicated area for young children play including the provision of new sunken trampoline, swings, accessible roundabout and slides.

"Fourth, new street furniture and hard landscaping, including upgrade of the existing boundary fencing.

"Finally, remodelling and new planting to the retained soft landscaping areas.

"The proposals represent significant public realm improvements and provide improved play opportunities for children and families within the locality."