A DENTAL lab will be demolished and a new home built in its place.

Bolton Council has approved plans to knock down the S H Dental Laboratory building at 295 Blackburn Road, which is surrounded by other housing.

The council’s planning office said: “This is an unusual proposal and it is accepted that certain elements of it do not, on the face of it, represent good urban design.

“On the other hand, the development is not starting from a blank slate as the site already contains a large single storey building - a dental laboratory.”

The town hall added that the plans would have ‘a small but positive impact on housing provision’ in the borough.