PLANS for a “green’’ business park in Oswaldtwistle have been lodged with the council.
Environmental charity the Prospects Foundation has submitted an application for a new industrial estate on an 11-acre site at Coach Road Meadow.
The plans include the construction of four eco-houses, the erection of four 45ft-high wind turbines, industrial units, a timber yard, an office building and 59 parking spaces.
It is hoped the four houses will demonstrate best practices in state-of-the-art environmental design. Prospects wants the site to be self-sufficient in energy usage.
As well as wind turbines the plans include facilities for rainwater harvesting and woodchip storage. It is hoped the development will attract small and medium-sized businesses.
Phil Barwood, chairman of the Hyndburn Prospects Foundation, said: “There are other green business parks around but nothing as comprehensive as what is being planned in Oswaldtwistle.
“We hope to make it completely self-sufficent in terms of energy usage. We have consulted residents in the area and have so far received no objections to the proposals.”
Oswaldtwistle Prospects Panel has played an important role in the development of the idea.
Mr Barwood said: “When the site came on the market the Oswaldtwistle panel was very keen to explore the idea of the park.”
Prospects already intends to move its offices in Cannon Street, Accrington, to the new site.
Hyndburn Council’s Planning Committee will make a decision some time next year.