BLACKBURN with Darwen regeneration boss Dave Harling is looking to do a bit of redevelopment himself — at his own home!

The Wensley Fold councillor has applied for planning permission to knock down the garage attached to his Selborne Street house and replace it with a new dining/utility room.

Because he is a senior borough councillor, the application has to be considered in public by the local authority’s Planning and Highways committee. Officers have recommended that the “modest addition” to the end terrace house on the corner of Rutland Street is approved at its meeting next Thursday.

This is despite the fact that in future Mr Harling will have to park his car on the street instead of in the garage, but the officers say there is space on street for an extra vehicle.

“When the decision is considered, Mr Harling, who is a member of the committee, will be barred from taking any part in discussions.