PEOPLE could soon be tying the knot on an island in the middle of the Blue Lagoon.

Developers want to build a wedding and functions venue on the island at Wards Reservoir in Belmont.

The proposals for the beauty spot off Rivington Road also include car parking for 28 vehicles and a bridge to the island.

Cheshire-based Walsingham Planning has revealed the plans after submitting a request to Blackburn with Darwen Council for its opinion on whether an “environmental impact assessment” is required ahead of a full planning application for the development.

The site is owned by Blue Lagoon Heritage, which has been responsible for the upkeep of the site for the past couple of years and is looking to recoup some of its expenses.

Jonathan Vose, principal consultant at Walsingham Planning, said: “The development is relatively small in scale.

“A highly screened building is proposed, with limited views from Rivington Road.

“The proposed bridge will not have an imposing design and the car park will not be highly visible or imposing.”

He added: “Any impacts of the development are considered to be minor in nature and localised.

“In visual terms, only a small area of the site will see any alteration.

“This will be in the form of a low scale and highly screened building which will blend into the site’s green, but previously industrialised, character.”

Landlady of the nearby Black Bull pub Tracey Marsden said she welcomed the proposal.

She added: “It sounds lovely and I think all ventures like that should be welcomed.

“It can bring business to areas like ours as I think people would come over for a wedding and see the village and then come back in the future.”