A project to re-develop a prime piece of disused land in Lower Darwen has started.

Two existing, disused office blocks off Greenbank Terrace, near Milking Lane and Junction 4 of the M65, are currently being demolished to make way for a new development.

The demolition will make space for a new estate that will boost jobs and investment in the area, with potential for manufacturing, distribution or light industrial use.

The redevelopment project is being delivered in a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen Council and Barnfield Construction, with outline proposals to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority in November.

The site was formerly home to the Lower Darwen Paper Mill before its demolition and currently has two derelict office buildings which front Greenbank Terrace.

Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This site has been out of use for years for various reasons so it is a really positive move to see work starting and it really is a fantastic location”.

“The Council has been looking at options for this site for some time so this partnership with Barnfield is a positive move and I look forward to seeing the progress.”

Tracy Clavell-Bate, Head of Development and Acquisitions at Barnfield Construction, said: “It’s great to see the demolition taking place and opens up a new site for commercial development.”

PHOTOGRAPH Left to Right: Tim Webber, Chairman and Managing Director of Barnfield Construction, Tracy Clavell-Bate, Head of Developments and Acquisitions at Barnfield Construction, Denise Park, Deputy Chief Executive at Blackburn with Darwen Council, Charlotte Pickup, Marketing Manager at Barnfield Construction, Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration.

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