RESIDENTS in Church and Accrington believe a plan for a new eco-college for sixth formers is "an accident waiting to happen".
Artist’s impressions unveiled by St Christopher’s High School reveal plans for a £7M sixth form college, planned for September 2010.
The building has been designed to be "one of the most environmentally advanced colleges in the country".
It will be able to generate some of its own power and pupils will even be able to monitor the building’s energy consumption.
But residents fear opening a sixth form college in the area will bring problems.
Colin Bayliss, of Queens Road West, said: "It’s an accident waiting to happen.
"You can’t have a heart attack or a house fire while the school is coming out because the road is completely blocked.
"No concern has been shown with regard to traffic problems and parking."
The plans, which were developed by the Diocese of Blackburn and architects Austin Smith: Lord, comprise two three-storey blocks, containing 10 classrooms, science labs, a multi-purpose hall, a learning resource centre and student hub.
Members of the public had until 10 July to discuss the plans. Planning bosses will have announced a decision by September.
But Sarah Sutton, who also lives in Queens Road West, believes the school is one step ahead of itself.
She said: "Until this process is exhausted, there is no certainty of permission being granted.
"I want to know why there is such confidence of success regarding a decision which has not yet been considered and made."
St Christopher’s headteacher, Alasdair Coates, said: "We advertised an invitation to residents and parents to attend a preview evening where issues of safety were raised.
"The Highways Agency have carried out a road safety assessment and we are delighted to say we are going to provide a huge new car park providing the maximum number of spaces the council will allow.
"There are no full A-level courses available at all in Hyndburn at the moment and we are working together with Accrington Academy to provide better facilities with them.
"This facility will improve young people’s aspirations."