A BLOCK of flats could be built in Farnworth if plans are approved.

Plans have been submitted by Jw Builders and Paving Ltd to turn a patch of abandoned land in Market Street, Farnworth, into a three-storey apartment block including nine flats.

The block would include a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats and does not specify if this would include affordable homes.

The planning application also suggests that no parking spaces will be built or provided for the flats.

The new building will also be much larger than the previous building on the site, now demolished, and will use all the empty space that is currently there.

A number of similar plans have appeared in Farnworth, especially Market Street, in recent times, which coincide with the multi-million pound regeneration project currently taking place in the town.

This includes a number of projects ranging from the demolition of the long-standing Market Precinct to housing projects such as the latest planned one.

Other recently submitted plans, such as to convert a bank into a three-storey building including flats on Market Street, show the confidence that developers have in the area, according to Farnworth and Kearsley First leader Paul Sanders.

He said: “These sorts of plans and everything else happening in Farnworth show that there is a confidence in Farnworth from private investors in the regeneration.

“People are really embracing the idea of a modern town centre as part of the regeneration, with the changes to the Market Precinct and Market Street showing this.

“These are modern, forward-thinking buildings and I think people will be blown away by Farnworth in years to come.

“It’s really exciting times for Farnworth.”