Plans have been submitted to transform part of the world famous NORI brickworks site.
A quarry which once fed the brick factory in its heyday is set to be revamped and turned into a builders merchants, if planning bosses give the go ahead.
The quarry, off Whinney Hill Road, Huncoat is currently vacant and overgrown but was previously used as a brickworks.
According to a planning survey carried out by Avalon, on behalf of developers Greengates Builders Merchants, there is evidence of areas of hard standing and low brick walls remaining from the brickworks. However in the absence of activity, trees and shrubs have grown up, and the site has an uneven surface.
If approved the proposal would see the erection of two buildings, an L-shaped range housing a showroom and sales counter, toilets, storage and offices.
A rectangular building will also be constructed in two parts to provide covered storage with a drive-thru facility.
In addition, areas of outside storage, staff and customer parking and delivery and turning space will be created at the proposed site.
Eamonn Higgins, Huncoat ward councillor, welcomed the application.
Coun Higgins said: “It’s a bit of an eyesore up there so this application is good news.
“Hopefully if it is approved it will create a few jobs locally.”
Greengates Builders Merchants said they did not want to comment on the planning application until a decision had been made.