Housing dreams move a step closer

The tower blocks at Queen's Park are to be replaced with family homes after the council officially approved two major housing schemes in Blackpool.
The tower blocks at Queen's Park are to be replaced with family homes after the council officially approved two major housing schemes in Blackpool.
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Key decisions to take two major housing projects forward have been given the official go-ahead by Blackpool Council.

A £10m agreement has been approved with Lovell Partnerships for the first phase of the transformation of Queen’s Park estate.

A development deal with Hollinwood Homes for the £50m housing development earmarked for the Rigby Road site in South Shore has also been agreed.

At a meeting of the Council’s Executive Committee which approved the deals, leader of the council Coun Simon Blackburn welcomed the moves, saying they would significantly improve the housing situation in the town.

He said: “It is fantastic to see a £10m investment in the first phase of the Queen’s Park transformation and I look forward to seeing phases two and three in due course.

“The people who live on the estate are very passionate about it and I am pleased that we have delivered on this quickly. It is only around two years since we started talking about it.”

The scheme will see two of the five existing blocks of flats demolished, beginning in May, to make way for 91 affordable family homes.

Under phases two and three of the £22m scheme, a total of 180 affordable rent properties will be built for the council and 18 home for Lovell Partnerships to sell.

The council has also set aside £150,000 for children’s play areas after phase one has been completed.

At Rigby Road, soil is now being removed on the site of a redundant gasometer to prepare it for a phased development of 400 homes.

Hollinwood is proposing to name streets after Blackpool’s 1953 FA Cup winning players.

The scheme will also include play areas and community facilities.

Coun Blackburn added: “Having driven past the site this morning, I can say things are getting well under way for 400 family new homes in the centre of town. It is good to see.”

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