Detailed plans have been submitted for the new commercial complex being proposed to replace a derelict mill.

Javeed Patel wants to build a terrace of seven industrial ‘starter units’ after partially demolishing the former Burnside Mill in Weir Street, Blackburn.

His agent says that existing buildings are no longer fit for refurbishment and the proposed replacement fits in with the area.

Mr Patel runs a car sales business from the car park of the mill on the outskirts of Blackburn town centre and is seeking planning permission from Blackburn with Darwen Council for his job-creating scheme.

He wants to knock down the main two-storey building, part of the former Peter Walker works which from 1899 to the 1950s manufactured looms and components and was best known for it Jacquard machines, used for weaving intricate patterns.

The proposal has been welcomed by Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s regeneration boss and his Conservative group counterpart Cllr Paul Marrow subject to heritage considerations.

Agents Watson Saunders Associates say in a Design and Access statement: “The buildings within the site constraints are dilapidated and vacant and the only viable option is to demolish and redevelop.

“The applicant wishes to erect a terrace of industrial type portal frame buildings which will enhance local character and the street scene, similar to other developments which have sprung up recently in this area.

“The proposed development comprises of approximately 12,266 square feet of employment building laid out in two linear blocks.

“It consists of seven ‘terraced’ industrial units which will have uniformity, symmetry and consistency of design.

“The buildings are accepted as industrial in nature, characteristic of those straddling the length of Weir Street.

The proposal involves the demolition of the vacant/dilapidated buildings and the erection of seven ‘starter units’.

“Generous landscaping will be provided.”

Cllr Riley said: “There is now a very considerable demand in Blackburn for small industrial units.

“The applicant has clearly recognised this and is seeking to meet it. When planners and councillors assess this application, heritage aspects will be carefully considered.”

Cllr Marrow said: “We always want to look to the future and welcome new industrial units creating future employment opportunities. However we must be mindful on impact on the area’s heritage.”

The D and A statement concludes: “We believe that this proposed development will enhance the area and bring in much valuable ‘employment land uses’.

“It will also regenerate an area blighted by unsightly vacant land or units.”