£3.8m boost for housing

Damien Bourke
Damien Bourke
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A £3.8m cash boost has been set aside to help the Fylde coast’s housing shortage.

Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and Lancashire County Councils joined together with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to sign a Local Investment Plan (LIP), setting out housing priorities for the area.

It is expected the investment will help deliver more than 80 affordable houses and flats over the next 12 months, including new schemes in South Beach, North Shore, Fleetwood and Stalmine.

The LIP for the Fylde coast details how an appropriate supply of new housing, investment in existing homes and work to improve the attractiveness of neighbourhoods across Blackpool, Fylde, and Wyre will help deliver prosperity and an improved quality of life for all residents.

Damien Bourke, interim chief executive of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company, said: “The Fylde coast has a clear housing strategy which ensures we are future-proofing our housing provision and also providing housing our communities want and need now.

“This is one of the first programmes the Fylde coast councils have worked on together and shows joined up working across local authority boundaries really does work. I am very proud to say we’ve been involved in working on this investment plan and securing this investment. I hope it will be the first of many success stories for the Fylde coast and will improve the lives of those living and working here.”

As part of the plan, the area has already been awarded £3.8m from the HCA towards housing and regeneration projects across the peninsula, which will benefit the whole area and deliver priorities agreed in the Fylde Coast Housing Strategy. This will help meet local priorities for new affordable housing, making local neighbourhoods better places to live.

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director North West at the HCA, said: “This plan is a great achievement for the Fylde coast, which will bring about major improvements to the lives of people living in the area as well as widening choice for families.”

The various housing projects are being delivered by housing associations. Planning permission have been agreed for all projects and work has started on all sites. It is expected all will be completed by spring 2012.