More than 120 people have objected to a £500,000 scheme to transform a derelict mill into bedsits for homeless and needy people.
Plans have been drawn up for the old Phoenix Works on the boundary of Church and Oswaldtwistle to create a 54-bedroom complex with a secure kitchen, dining room, lounge, reception and office area.
Tenants will be referred to the accommodation on Blackburn Road from local charities and facilities will be available to provide meals.
Bosses at gas heating company Heat Masters say it will create around ten jobs and improve the area.
However, 105 people have signed a petition and a further 17 people have written objection letters to the council over the plans.
Objections raised include a fear the development would attract the ‘wrong type of people’ into the area and cause an increase in crime, substance abuse and anti-social behaviour.
Objections have also been raised by Lancashire Council Highways over insufficient parking spaces and access to the site.
A decision will be made by councillors at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday, November 6 with officers recommending the application be refused.
Applicant Nisar Hussain, pictured, who owns Heat Masters, is still hopeful the scheme will go ahead.
He said: “It’s not close to the community area. The building has been empty for a long time and will bring it back into use and create jobs.
“It can’t really be used for anything else and it will help give people a roof over their heads. It’s more dangerous to leave it as it is. I will see what is said at the meeting next week.