Work on Blackpool’s new ‘village’ is well underway
The first homes in a £50m development set to regenerate the heart of Blackpool are taking shape.
Hollinwood Homes began work in February on the scheme to build 400 houses on the 19 acre site between Central Drive, Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road.
Preparation of the land for the first phase has now been completed and construction work is well underway.
Councillors Graham Cain and John Jones, whose Bloomfield ward includes the scheme which has been named Foxhall Village, visited the site along with the council’s head of housing Steve Matthews to see how work was getting along.
Coun Jones said: “It was extremely interesting to see the progress that is being made on the £50m regeneration project and you can start to envisage what the new community will be like once it’s complete.”
Coun Cain added: “The development is great news for Bloomfield and will have a real regenerative effect on the area.
“As well as seeing the bricks and mortar taking shape into buildings, it was also very pleasing to see young local workers learning their trade.”
The first houses are expected to be finished by the end of the year, with the full development set to take 10 years to complete.
Roads around them will be named after Blackpool FC’s legendary 1953 FA Cup winning team and Seasiders legend and former England captain Jimmy Armfield.
The first phase will comprise of 218 properties including 42 four-bedroomed homes, 114 three bedroomed, 53 two bedroomed and nine two bedroomed flats.
There will also be a series of walkways linking the estate with the Promenade and town centre, and a communal garden.
The council met the £15m cost of clearing the site, which included the demolition of the gas holders at Blundell Street.