AN 'exciting' and 'fantastic' new amphitheatre in an East Lancashire green space has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Plans for the outdoor performance space at Hargher Clough Park in southwest Burnley were approved by the borough council's development control committee on Thursday.

Proposals for the amphitheatre were revealed in December after the authority was awarded a grant of £82,392 from the FCC Communities Foundation, which awards grants for community projects from funds donated through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Additional money was secured from Burnley Council, Lancashire County Council, and social housing company Calico towards the project which will help transform the unused piece of land in the park.

The cash will create an outdoor performance space with terraced seating, a small stage area, lighting, new walkways, and landscaping.

Borough growth boss Cllr Lubna Khan told the meeting: "This is really exciting. Just the word amphitheatre gets me excited."

Trinity ward Green councillor Martyn Hurt said: "This will create a fantastic facility."

An officer's report recommending approval for the amphitheatre, terraced seating area and three floodlights said: "The proposed erection of the amphitheatre and the accompanying floodlights will result in a significant reconfiguration of Hargher Clough Park.

"Currently, the proposed location is an unused tarmacked space.

"The development will transform it into an amphitheatre that respects the existing layout by integrating seamlessly with the surrounding areas, such as the skate park and sports courts.

"The amphitheatre's semi-circular seating arrangement is designed to blend with the natural contours of the landscape ultimately enhancing the park’s functionality as a recreational ground.

"The proposed amphitheatre will enhance the public realm by providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing performance space.

"The proposed design includes significant landscaping elements such as wildflower meadows, tree planting, and grassed mounds.

"The amphitheatre is thoughtfully designed. The mounding and terraced seating harmonise with the natural topography, contributing to a visually appealing environment.

"The amphitheatre is a recreational and community-focused structure that provides a new recreational facility while respecting the fundamental purpose of the site as open space.

"The lighting will only be used for organised performances/events and will be positioned to only illuminate the performance area in front of the terraced area."

In December, West End Community Centre charity secretary, Chris Keene, said: "We can’t wait for everyone to be able to socialise, attend community events and performances, or just sit and relax in the new, greener, space that includes terraced seating, colourful new grasses, wildflowers, and trees too.’’