An Accrington man proposes to knock down a set of stables he built without planning permission and to replace them with new ones approved by Hyndburn Council.

Mr M Bilal developed the land at Nook Lane, Oswaldtwistle for 'Equestrian Purposes' without the necessary approval.

Now the Bank Street, Accrington, resident has applied to Hyndburn Council for the proper backdated planning permission.

A supporting statement with his applications says: "This design and access statement has been commissioned by the client Mr. Bilal who is applying for a retrospective application for the change of use of the land for equestrian purposes and erection of horse stables.

"The site itself is a brownfield site and previously used for agricultural purposes. The site is bounded by vine mill and neighbouring vacant/agricultural land.

"The client had already has built some stables and storage sheds without planning approval.

"He is now planning to demolish these and build new ones in accordance with the planning guidance.

"The access road within the land leading up to the stables will be gravelled.

"The proposed use is an acceptable use within this sustainable and accessible location.

"The proposed use will not only contribute to the vitality of the area it will not cause harm through intensification of traffic or cause nuisance for residents."