Joy as eyesore flats face the bulldozers

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A BRAND new housing development to replace “eyesore” flats on a Blackpool housing estate has been given the go-ahead.

Old-fashioned blocks of flats could be replaced with 26 semi-detached homes on Forshaw Avenue and Gateside Drive on Grange Park.

During a development control meeting at Blackpool Town Hall, councillors voted unanimously to allow Muir Group to build the new homes.

At the meeting, Coun Valerie Haynes told councillors: “The flats there are an eyesore, and this development will really uplift the area. The company has worked well with the council to provide quality housing for Blackpool.”

The two-storey homes, which will be comprised of two and three-bedroom properties, will each have two off-road parking spaces.

Open space created by the demolition of the four, three storey blocks of flats will become an enclosed private garden area.

A development opposite the planned houses was approved last January, and the 17 affordable homes, with three, four and five bedrooms, are currently nearing completion as the authority looks to spruce up the estate.

Coun Peter Collins, who runs a post office on Grange Park, told The Gazette: “I’m highly delighted the project is going ahead and we are getting rid of an eyesore.

“I am so pleased we are getting affordable family housing. This is something I have wanted for a number of years.”

The proposal includes a new access road, street lighting and drainage, work to existing roads, boundary treatment and landscaping.

Approval is subject to a legal agreement, which involves Muir Group paying £23,392 towards the provision of public open space at the site.