A Lancashire County Council building on the edge of Accrington town centre has been earmarked for a Muslim community centre.

Shazad Mohammed, of the Abu Hurayra Trust, based in Fern Terrace, Haslingden, has applied to change the use of the premises previously used as a resource centre for the physically handicapped, Accrington Community Learning Centre.

He has applied for planning permission to convert the building in Nelson Street, Accrington, into a 'a community centre with education for adults and children'.

The new use would be related to the Islamic faith.

A supporting statement submitted with the planning application to Hyndburn Council says: "Currently in the ownership of Lancashire County Council, the building is labelled as a centre for the physically handicapped on Ordnance Survey plans.

"It displays signage stating it is a resource centre yet there is no record held by the planning department to confirm its usage. This application aims to rectify that.

"No building works are required to formally change its use to an education centre themed towards the Islamic faith.

"The layout consists of two large open plan spaces, one at each end, with a central corridor link providing access to smaller offices and toilet facilities at the sides

"Being single-storey in height it is compatible with the surrounding two-storey domestic properties and taller apartment dwellings which surround the building.

"A grassed lawn frontage along with an existing tree will receive continued maintenance.

"No additional landscaping is proposed.

"Constructed using red brick with a flat roof, the building is unimposing for its size and appears to sit comfortably within its surroundings.

"Being constructed by Lancashire County Council due consideration has been given to access for the disabled.

"A level gradient is available from private vehicles to reach the main entrance and the side door.

"Level thresholds allow ease of access for wheelchairs with internal corridors being at least 1,200 millimetres in width and wheelchair accessible toilet facilities provided for both male and female with outward opening doors.

"These will be fully maintained for use of its future users.

"Any additional requirements of the local authority will be provided."