£50m facelift for wasteland sites

Development sites on Rigby Road and (below) artists impressions of how the �50m Foxhall Village development will look.

Development sites on Rigby Road and (below) artists impressions of how the �50m Foxhall Village development will look.

These new images show how a massive £50m development is set to transform two wasteland sites in central Blackpool.

The Foxhall Village development will see 400 homes built across two sites off Rigby Road.

These new images show how the land on the corner of Central Drive and Rigby Road, and to the side of Seasiders Way off Rigby Road, will be given a facelift.

Residents and councillors have said they are eagerly anticipating work beginning.

Julie Bascombe, chairman of the Revoe Area Forum, said: “These houses are the ones we’re crying out for. I hope everyone will think this is a blessing for the area.

“Where people are living really impacts on their lives.”

And Coun John Jones, ward councillor for Bloomfield, said: “These pictures look absolutely fantastic.

“It’s going to look brilliant when it’s finished and will be a great boost to the local area.”

The land is being developed by Hollinwood Homes, part of the Marcus Worthington Group, in partnership with Blackpool Council.

The developers have said they will landscape the 19-acre site to include open spaces and play areas which will reflect its seaside setting.

Mark Chadwick, residential development director of Hollinwood Homes, said: “Our vision for Foxhall Village has been to help create a new community that will give people a vibrant, modern and cohesive place to live.

“The images demonstrate the high quality housing that potential homebuyers can expect at Foxhall Village and how we’ll bring back into use derelict land.”

Ms Bascombe said she now hopes businesses will start to move to the Revoe ready to cater for the hundreds of families who will move into the homes.

She said: “This will do a lot to help the regeneration of Central Drive.

“Now’s a chance for businesses to move in to the area.”

Work is expected to be complete on the development by 2020.

In September last year, Developers Hollinwood were given the go ahead to start work on 218 properties, comprising 42 four-bedroomed homes, 114 three bedroomed,53 two bedroomed and nine two bedroomed flats.

The development will also include 70 affordable units for Great Places Housing Group.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These new images look stunning.

“When this project is completed it will completely improve the look of the area and, just as importantly, provide much needed housing for people living in the south of the town.

“Over the last 10 months, the contractor has been carrying out some important preparation works to make the site fit for the new village. That has now been completed and people will start to see construction work begin very soon.

“Once finished the site will be transformed into a village of hundreds of affordable homes and a community which people will enjoy living in, and I for one can’t wait to see the finished project.”

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