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IWA wins U-turn from council for Darwen project

Clitheroe-based IWA Architects has finally been given the go-ahead for this 18-flat apartment scheme in Darwen, Lancashire.

Back in September, councillors demanded that the project, which would create nine two-bedroom homes on a site at Bank Bottom, Darwen, be redesigned before giving it the thumbs up.

Blackburn and Darwen council's planning committee was particularly concerned that the development's copper-clad front would not fit in with the surrounding conservation area.

Even before the council's first committee meeting, the proposals had been altered to tone down the designs. The original proposals included a bright green pre-patinated copper facade.

However the scheme, hailed as 'vital for the regeneration of Darwen', has been approved following discussions between the architect and councillors.

The project was officially given the rubber stamp by the planning committee last Thursday.

by Richard Waite

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