EYE-catching designs for a new housing development on the border between Burnley and Pendle are set to attract worldwide interest.

Plans have been unveiled for the site of the former Brampton House, Colne Road, by London architects Linedota.

And while the designs have earned mixed reviews in East Lancashire, the plans will feature in a new book, Northern European Architecture, by Shanghai-based Rihan.

Linedota has drawn up a photomontage of the properties enclosed within the existing walled garden.

Last week, Burnley planners gave consent for the demolition of Brampton House itself and the construction of 18 homes, two of which will partly be in Pendle.

The development will include six mews houses, maisonettes, apartments and two eight-bedroom properties.

Some will have cinema rooms and roof terraces offering views of Pendle Hill.

Developers said the scheme will maintain the natural slope of the site to optimise the views.

Burnley Civic Society complained that it the proposals represented ‘over-development’ of the loca tion.

And 13 letters were sent by neighbours, claiming that the development would overshadow nearby properties.

But architect Christopher C Hill said the development would help to shift the focus in Burnley away from low house prices.

He added: “Such a vote of confidence in the town is really to the credit of the planners and councillors that have the vision to lead Burnley into a new era.

“Who knows, perhaps one day tourists from Shanghai might come to see the architecture of Burnley and the beautiful surrounding countryside.”

The book publisher, Rihan, is part of the Hong Kong International Cultural Company, a group which specialises in architectural analysis.