THE first glimpse of a proposed new £50m housing project in the heart of Blackpool has been revealed to residents.
An exhibition showed the plans for the 400-home Foxhall Village scheme, which is set to transform the landscape in the centre of the resort and regenerate one of its most deprived areas.
Kerry Anderson-Riley, attended the event which was held at Blackpool Philharmonic and Social Working Mens Club and Institute, on Foxhall Road, yesterday afternoon.
The 38-year-old is a resident of Blundell Street and her house is set to be demolished as part of the plans.
She said: “Blackpool does need the redevelopment and I suppose it can only be a good thing, but time will tell.
“The only thing that worries me is Blackpool struggles for work as it is.
“It’s nice to build homes but we need jobs for people to have these homes too, really.”
The site lies on land between Blundell Street, Princess Street, Tyldesley Road and Rigby Road.
Most of the land – which includes the site of the former Mecca building, the former Illuminations depot and the Blundell Street car park – is already owned by Blackpool Council.
The homes will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom affordable properties, aimed at people who are in employment, and others for out right sale.
Building work is due to start in 2013, after a period of site clearance, with the first home ready in April 2014.
The council will meet the £15m cost of clearing the site, which includes the demolition of the gas holders at Blundell Street, using grants and Government funding from the New Homes Bonus, aimed at encouraging house building.
More than 50 people turned up to see the exhibition.
Steve Matthews, who is leading the scheme on behalf of Blackpool Council, said: “It’s a large scale project and obviously driven by the local authority’s desire to see the area regenerated and redeveloped.
“We’ve been really pleased with the quality of the scheme and the feedback we’re getting from residents, who we’re looking to work with as much as possible.”
Mark Chadwick, residential development director for Hollinwood Homes which has been appointed to build the new houses, said: “The feedback has been very positive.”