A FORMER factory in Farnworth could be converted into a combination of new homes and business units.

Salmar Najm has submitted proposals to the borough council to transform the fortunes of the red-brick building in Edith Street.

His application would see the ground floor of the premises, once used as a municipal depot, changed into units for general industrial purposes.

And the second floor of the property would become six flats. The properties fronting onto Albert Road, as part of the same block, would be unaffected.

Borough highways officers already believed that the scheme, even thought it does not meet council parking standards, would be acceptable.

Five off-road parking spaces have been suggested for the development by planning agent Fahad Patel, on behalf of the applicant.

This would be because “the site could be considered accessible to sustainable modes of transportation and the town centre of Farnworth and its amenities.”

Earlier this year an electricity sub-station, to the rear of the building, was placed up for auction, with an asking price of £20,000.