PROPOSALS for a high-quality development of eight detached homes in Edgworth have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Blackburn with Darwen Planning and Highways Committee approved the revised scheme at its meeting last month.

The homes will be on a parcel of vacant land between Crowthorn Road and Broadhead Road near a former school.

Councillors had to consider the plan, revising an existing permission for eight five-bedroomed houses, after a neighbour wrote in to object.

Officials told them that the two-storey homes were in keeping with those developed on the neighbouring site for a former school offering a ‘a higher specification, greatly enhancing the appearance of the site’’ than the original scheme for two blocks of four terraced properties.

In their report to councillors officers said:they add: “Construction materials will be of random stone to front elevations.

“Use of black windows and door will emphasise the modern accent and be in keeping with those of the neighbouring school conversion.

“Open plan front garden areas will also act to provide an open fell to the development and landscape planting within the street will also help soften the visual appearance and assimilate the development into its natural surroundings.”

The committee approved the development, which includes off street parking and garages, with conditions