D-day looms for £22m plan

An artist's impression of the Queens Park proposals.
An artist's impression of the Queens Park proposals.
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Bold plans for the £22m redevelopment of the Queens Park high rise estate will go before councillors on Monday.

Blackpool’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the first phase of the scheme which will see Charles Court and Ashworth Court in Layton demolished to make way for 92 new homes.

It is being recommended the second phase, including the demolition of the remaining three high rises – Churchill Court, Walter Robinson Court and Elizabeth Court – is backed in principle, but a formal decision will be deferred to a later date.

Gwen King, chairman of the Queens Park Residents Association, said: “We are just waiting for planning permission, and once that is hopefully in place, the contractors will be coming onto the estate and it will be full steam ahead.

“Everyone from the area covered by phase one has been rehoused where they wanted to go.”

Developer Lovell is working in partnership with the council on the scheme.

A report to the planning committee says: “While comprehensively redeveloping Queens Park will not help to increase Blackpool’s housing supply, providing a better choice of quality homes within an attractive residential environment will help towards re-balancing the housing market, regenerating a neighbourhood and supporting more sustainable communities.”

Demolition is expected to begin later this year with giant cranes due to be used to bring the first tower blocks down.

The meeting will be held at the Town Hall at 5pm.

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