PLANS to convert an old Accrington mill into a multi-million pound health centre have been given the go-ahead by Hyndburn Council.
The planning committee passed an outline application from Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust to build a state-of-the-art health care centre, car park and offices on the site of Broughton Crangrove Mill on Cotton Street.
It is the first of three new centres planned by the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT).
The other two are earmarked for West Accrington and Clitheroe.
Councillor Dave Parkins welcomed the plans.
He said: "This shows how much money is being pumped into the area. It is money well-spent and it will look after the people of Hyndburn."
The northern end of the mill will be demolished to make way for the care centre and a 180-space car park and the rest of the mill will be converted into offices for health professionals.
The new centre will create more than 134 jobs and will cater for residents in East Accrington, providing new premises for doctors based at the Peel House Medical Centre, Avenue Parade and Dr Kapenda of the Abbey Street practice.
The PCT aims to bring together a range of health care professionals on one site and the project could see GPs, nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health promotion and pharmacy facilities, all operating from one building.
Councillors agreed in principle to the conversion of the building, the creation of a new access and mini-roundabout from Paradise Street and the closure of the access at the junction of Paradise Street and Church Street.
But detailed plans of what the building will look like, what services it will house, and the opening hours will be drawn up at a later stage after public consultation has been carried out by the PCT.