Blackburn language center could become an ice cream parlor

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A former language training center could be converted into a glacier and glacier.

Plans have been submitted to Blackburn with the Darwen Council to convert the former Brookhouse Business Center training facility, Whalley Range, into an ice cream and dessert shop.

The plans, submitted by a company called Chocoberry Blackburn, would see the installation of a service, kitchen, lounge area, disabled toilet, dry store and office.

If approved, the store would be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

The storefront will be replaced with a “modern aluminum powder coated design” to match other units, which they say will “dramatically enhance the street scene”.

The app reads: ‘The app site is located in the busy Whalley Range area, on the edge of the designated centre, in a marketed setting with a range of local shops and services present.

“The applicant seeks to create a new business unit specializing in desserts and light snacks, promoting consumer choice, resulting in the creation of new businesses and the creation of jobs.

“The attached plans fully demonstrate the applicant’s intentions for the property and should be consulted.

“The previous use of the premises was as a ‘Language Training Centre‘ but unfortunately due to the current economic climate the use has ceased and an alternative use is proposed.

“Our intention is to convert this property into a dessert shop with less casual internal seating than a restaurant.”

They hope the show will “bring vitality to the area and damage a vacant space that would ultimately fall into disrepair.”

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