A FORMER social club could be home to 20 new houses.

The proposed development at St Mary's Social Club includes a mixture of two and three-bedroom properties in both terraces and semi-detached pairs.

The catholic club in Bosworth Street was closed and demolished in 2015.

The site, which is near Horwich town centre, is currently open and accessible to the public.

The scheme is being developed by McCauls in association with Triangle Architects.

They said: "The development is an opportunity to make the area a more attractive location for new residents, offering new dwelling typologies. Furthermore, the regeneration process will help reduce anti-social behaviour.

"New build homes will be high quality, sustainable, inexpensive to run and require little future long term maintenance."

Horwich and Blackrod First town councillor Steven Chadwick wants to look closer at the details of the plans before making a judgement but he was glad to see an application for houses on a brownfield site.

He said: "It's just a derelict site now. The disappointing thing is the loss of the facilities for the community."

Conservative councillor Susan Baines has been contacted by residents who were against the proposal.

Local Labour councillor Ann Cunliffe cannot comment because she is a member of the planning committee.

Planning officers at the town hall will decide whether to allow the plans to go ahead by September, unless ward councillors ask for the application to be discussed by the committee.