A brand new car park is set to give trade and tourism a boost in Whalley.
A planning application to create a 60 space pay and display car park in the centre of the village has been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The scheme looks set to be welcomed by shoppers, residents and traders who have complained for many years that there is not enough parking spaces in the village to accommodate the influx of shoppers and visitors.
In the past a number of motorists have faced fines for parking on the Whalley Arms pub car park if they have overstayed their allocated time.
The new car park will be built on Back King Street on the Abbey Works site which currently houses old industrial units and garages which have been described as an “eyesore”.
The units and garages will be demolished to make way for the car park and the 60 spaces will include three disabled parking bays and three private spaces for use by the adjacent properties.
The layout will retain the existing entrance from King Street which currently provides vehicular access to all properties in Abbey Works and Back King Street.
All boundary features and walls will be retained and repaired as part of the proposal and the car par will maximise all the available space on the site to make sure it is used to its full potential.
A walkway and entrance through the Old Stables complex leading to Back King Street will be gated and managed by the occupiers of the properties.
The application has been submitted by Yorkshire-based property agent LHL Group.
A spokesman said: “It is considered that this application details proposals that greatly enhance the local area and provide much needed car parking facilities that will benefit local residents and the economy.
“The site is an eyesore to the current street scape of the village.”
Lancashire Police has recommended the car park should be lit and CCTV installed as there has been several incidents of reported car crime, damage to vehicles and burglaries in the area surrounding the site in the last 12 months.