Blackpool’s new £50m village says hello to its first residents

Perry Place, Foxhall Village
Perry Place, Foxhall Village
  • Fifty houses have been completed at Foxhall Village
  • Which will eventually see 400 houses built on a 19-acre site between Central Drive, Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road
  • 45 have been built for Great Places housing association with the other five for private sale
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The first residents have moved into a £50m development which is transforming a rundown part of Blackpool.

Fifty houses have been completed at Foxhall Village which will eventually see 400 houses built on a 19-acre site between Central Drive, Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road.

Kevin Bibby and Elizabeth Sandford outside their new home on Princess Street, Foxhall Village

Kevin Bibby and Elizabeth Sandford outside their new home on Princess Street, Foxhall Village

Of those, 45 have been built for Great Places housing association with the other five for private sale.

Kevin Bibby, 61, and his partner Elizabeth Sandford, 56, are settling into their new home on Princess Street after moving in as tenants of Great Places.

Kevin, who works at the Pleasure Beach, said: “Liz works at the Odeon and when she saw building work start, she put our names down for one of the houses.

“We are really pleased with it. The location is ideal because we can walk to the seafront or into town.

We are really pleased with it. The location is ideal because we can walk to the seafront or into town

“And from our attic room we get a lovely view of the Tower.

“All the new residents are starting to get to know each other already and we’ve already held some community events over Easter.”

Simeon Worthington, director of Hollinwood Homes which is building the houses, said: “It’s fantastic to see the first tenants move into Foxhall Village, as it signifies the culmination of years of work and commitment to bring about the regeneration of this site.

“The land is being brought back into use to great benefit of the surrounding area and this key gateway into the town centre, providing much needed housing and creating a vibrant community.”

Alan Cavill, Blackpool Council’s director of place, said: “These 400 homes form the first large scale housing development in the town centre for many years and they look absolutely fantastic which is vital in such a key gateway area.

“I visited just this week and they are undoubtedly high quality properties with a colourful and fresh finish.

“There has been huge interest and we hope the people who were able to secure the first batch of homes enjoy very happy lives there.”

A further 18 houses for Great Places will be available from next week and 12 more homes will be completed by the end of May.