PLANS to build three buildings at BAE Systems in Barrow have been approved by Westmorland and Furness Council.

The business had applied for planning permission for the three modular buildings - which would include a two-storey staff welfare and mess facility and a single-storey toilet facility - for a temporary period of five years.

The development would be at a site next to an existing BAE building in Bridge Road and the permission is subject to two conditions.

According to the decision notice the development should begin within three years and be in compliance with the submitted plans and drawings which formed part of the planning application.

The buildings would have light grey metal walls, a flat grey roof, and grey window frames and doors.

According to the planning application form foul sewage would be disposed on via the mains sewer system and, while the site is not considered to be a flood risk, surface water would be disposed of in the same way.

The current use of the site was described as industrial and not classed as residential.

The design and access statement states: "The site is flat and not constrained by topography. There are multiple industrial units within the boundaries of the site (including temporary modular ones) with infrastructure between them, storage areas and parking spaces."

It added that the buildings would be located next to a warehouse with the longer axis oriented east-west with an access from the south.

The report concludes that it was a suitable and cost-effective design in keeping with the nature of the site and the surrounding area.