The estate manager's offices in the stables block of the former Thwaites Brewery in Blackburn town centre can be turned into seven self-contained flats for young, single professionals.

The one and two-bedroomed apartments aim to revitalise the run-down building in Eanam Mews.

The proposal on The Stables Business Park in Eanam seeks to improve the housing supply in the town centre.

Nazia Shah, of the Blackburn-based Urban Future Planning Consultancy Ltd, has been granted partially backdated planning permission for the conversion to Blackburn with Darwen Council on behalf of an unnamed developer.

The scheme would include the reinstatement of windows and erection of an external staircase to the rear, as well as providing parking spaces for future occupiers.

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The site is located within the Eanam Wharf Conservation Area.

A report recommending approval with six conditions by planning officer Nick Blackledge says: "The business park was founded in 2020 following the grant of planning permissions for change of use from stables to 15 units.

"The site was historically used for stabling of horses in association with the Thwaites Brewery, which existed on land to the north side of Eanam across from the site until 2019, when it was demolished.

"Full planning permission is sought for conversion of the former estate manager's offices into seven flats with reinstatement of windows and erection of an external staircase to rear.

"The application is part retrospective to the extent of window installation and alteration. It follows intervention from the council’s planning enforcement team.

"The council’s strategic housing consultee recognises an increased demand for one and two-bedroomed apartments across the borough.

"Concern is, however, expressed that there are sufficient good quality one and two bedroom dwellings within the local area, and that adding more similar homes may create a local oversupply.

"In response, the applicant argues that the vast majority of town centre homes are not family units but are smaller one and two-bed units suitable for single-occupancy households, young professionals and those seeking to reside close to their place of work.

"Proportionate weight should also be attributed to the principle of securing a beneficial and viable re-use of the vacant buildings.

"It is confirmed that the applicant has control over the site and wider employment area of Eanam Mews which benefits from a range of approved employment uses, notwithstanding that many of the units appear to be vacant.

"This is a circumstance which ensures control of future adjacent commercial/industrial uses, limiting the possibility of noise/nuisance generative uses being introduced in the future.

"Although the flats would not be served by individual outdoor amenity space, the proximity to off-site open spaces could reasonably compensate.

"The canal corridor would provide would such space which would be readily available for residents."