Plans to transform a neglected and burnt-out building into a state-of-the-art GP super-surgery are one step closer thanks to a drone inspection.

A drone survey was conducted on the Grade II listed Griffin Lodge, Blackburn, by Burnley firm Networx3 UAV which has captured the condition of the 197-year-old landmark ahead of its redevelopment.

The flight was commissioned by Accrington-based chartered surveyors Michael Holden in conjunction with Burnley architectural practice CRC Design.

CRC Design boss Cyril Cambridge said: “The quality of the photos and video from the Networx3 UAV drones has blown our socks off. It’s given us an immediate and detailed view of what condition Griffin Lodge is in. Because you can view from above and lots of different angles using the drone you can see things that a normal inspection wouldn’t reveal at ground level.

“There’s a real need in our industry for drones. It eliminates the need for scaffolding and cherry pickers to get…