Decision day on homes plans

Rigby Road in South Shore and (below) Coun Gillian Campbell.

Rigby Road in South Shore and (below) Coun Gillian Campbell.

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Two major Blackpool housing developments are set to take significant steps forward.

Key decisions are due on the future of the Rigby Road site in South Shore and the Queens Park estate which are both set to undergo huge transformations.

Coun Gillian Campbell

Coun Gillian Campbell

The first decision will see the Blackpool Council executive asked to enter into a development agreement with Hollinwood Homes.

This will establish a 250 year lease and allow for the phased release of land for development at the Rigby Road site which will make way for the £50m housing development.

Outline planning permission to build 400 homes at the site has already been granted, and Hollinwood is proposing to name the new streets after Blackpool’s 1953 FA Cup winning team.

Work has already started on the clearance of the Rigby Road site, which will include the removal of a redundant gasometer.

Cabinet members will also be asked to authorise the completion of a £10m agreement with Lovell Partnerships Ltd for the first phase of the redevelopment of Queens Park.

That agreement will see two of the five existing tower blocks demolished to make way for the first phase of development – the construction of 91 affordable homes.

Work is due to begin in May.

The full £22m development, designed by Candy Lofthouse architects, will see the remaining three tower blocks cleared and a total of 198 homes built.

The Queens Park scheme will regenerate that area by replacing single-person flats with family homes.

Both schemes also include new public areas.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing and public protection, said: “I am pleased to be bringing these recommendations forward to the executive.

“Both developments will have a huge impact in improving both the quality and quantity of housing and affordable housing in Blackpool.

“This is a significant commitment by Blackpool Council and our partners and demonstrates our commitment to reinvigorating our housing offer.”

Both decisions go before the executive on Monday.

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