A ROW of shops and flats could be built in Farnworth if plans are approved.

Planning permission is being sought for the erection of three retail premises in Piggott Street, on vacant land next to the New Bury Community Learning Centre.

Three two-bedroom apartments have also been proposed to be built above the shops.

Similar plans were approved by Bolton Council planning officials in 2010 but the approval had expired due to the work not being carried out in the years since.

At the time, planning officer James Berggren wrote in his report: “It is considered that the proposed building, comprising retail and residential uses, following demolition of the existing building on the site is considered to be acceptable.

“The proposed building would fit with the character and appearance of the area and the proposed bin storage will ensure bins are not located in the street scene.

“The lack of allocated parking provision is not considered to be an issue to warrant refusal of the application given the sustainable nature of the location.”

Proposals have now been re-submitted by local businessman Frank Kirkpatrick, with the help of planning agent Harry Jackson. There was previously one building on the land, which used to be barbershop Cutting Corner and prevented the construction work from taking place. Demolition of that building was completed in July, 2018.

There were also plans submitted in 2013 by planning agents Nada Architects to create an MOT and repairs garage on the land, but these were withdrawn by the applicant.