A VACANT building in Sealand is to be given a new lease of life.

Earlier this year Flintshire Council Received proposals to change the use of a unit in First Avenue into a Co-op funeral care centre, as well as to undertake minor external alterations to the property.

The authority has now confirmed the plans have been given the go-ahead by planning officers.

According to the plans the centre, which will create five full time jobs, will incorporate a coffin storage are a, workshop and embalming area, alongside a reception area and viewing room.

The existing car parking provision at the site will be used by the centre and will provide 23 car parking spaces, of which one will be for disabled users.

A design and access statement submitted with the plans explains: "A new care centre in this location

will support both recently opened branches within the area and facilitate the opening of number of

additional branches providing further employment opportunities in the local area.

"The reuse of the building will not harm the character of the surrounding area and will contribute

positively to the vitality and viability of the existing area."

The alterations to the premises will entail new external plant, a new fence and fire escapes.