Planning applications have been submitted to transform the former Duke of Wellington pub in Haslingden.

The proposal will aim to turn the site into two residential units and a purpose built head quarters for a local manufacturer.

Mission Impossible Ltd submitted the plans to Rossendale Borough Council in the hope of redeveloping the iconic pub and its car park.

Managing director Steve Ferdenzi said: “We’ve been looking for a new site for well over 3 years, and it’s surprising how few options there are out there.

“We found a couple of possible opportunities in Burnley, but we are desperate to stay in Rossendale.  It’s our home.”

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Steve explained that he founded the business in Rossendale 23 years ago and wanted the new headquarters to remain in the area as it is where his five employees are based.

The business is currently based at Scoutbottom Industrial Estate, Waterfoot and is run by Steve with his two sons Michael and Ricciardo but say they have outgrown their current premises.

“When we heard about the Duke of Wellington, it seemed perfect for us,” Steve said.

“We can convert the pub into a home each for Michael and I, and build a purpose-built HQ on the former car park.

“That way, we can keep a very close eye on the business, which is something many of our clients really appreciate.”

The company’s main line of business is the assembly of electronic circuit boards and they have built the electronics for the safety braking systems on all 120 of the new Crossrail trains.

The design and application for the new properties has been put together by local companies RGP Architects, Penny Bennett Landscapes and Roman Summer Associates.

It is due to be considered by the planning committee in the coming weeks.

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