Next phase of flats plan set to get go-ahead

The three remaining tower blocks at Queens Park flats in Layton
The three remaining tower blocks at Queens Park flats in Layton
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The second phase of a project to build almost 200 new homes in part of Blackpool is set to be given the go-ahead by councillors.

The work will see the demolition of the remaining three tower blocks at Queens Park development in Layton, to be replaced with family homes.

Already, the first two high rises have been pulled down, with the first tenants moving into their new properties currently being built as the first phase of the £22m scheme.

The second phase will see between 95 and 105 rented homes built, with the whole development due to be completed by March 2018.

Blackpool Council’s executive is being asked to approve the second phase when it meets on Monday.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council cabinet member for housing, said: “The decision will formally ratify what we’ve already announced about the proposals for the development.

“This is a high quality development creating fantastic homes for our residents and this decision will allow us to complete the rest of the estate.”

Around 75 flats within the remaining tower blocks are still occupied, with tenants either waiting to move into one of the new properties on the estate, or to move away.

It is expected they will all be vacated during the first half of this year.

Councillors at Monday’s meeting are also being asked to accept a grant funding agreement for almost £2m with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and to authorise officers to begin negotiations with the HCA for further grant funding to help create additional homes.

The development will include improvements to Layton Recreation Ground, with £600,000 from the development pot being set aside to fund work. The meeting takes place at the town hall at 6pm on 
Monday.