First residents move into £22m homes development

Beverley Jasper in her new home. She is the first resident to move into new houses built at Queens Park.
Beverley Jasper in her new home. She is the first resident to move into new houses built at Queens Park.
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The first residents are set to move into their new homes at a £22m housing development following the demolition of high rise flats.

A total of 13 homes at Queens Park, Layton, are now ready to move into after two tower blocks – Ashworth Court and Charles Court – were pulled down last year.

New homes at Queens Park

New homes at Queens Park

Beverley Jasper is among the first residents to receive the keys to her new property.

She is moving in from her previous home on the 15th floor of Elizabeth Court, one of the remaining three tower blocks.

Mrs Jasper said: “I had a bird’s eye view throughout the process and I’ve seen all the work taking place to demolish the tower blocks and the workmen buzzing around.

“It’s been very interesting. Moving house is obviously stressful but it’s also so exciting.”

Eventually all five high rises will be replaced with 198 new homes.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn, who represents Brunswick ward where the redevelopment is, said: “These houses becoming homes is an historic moment for Blackpool. I hope Ms Jasper and everyone who moves in will be happy with their properties.

“We appreciate this has been a time of great change and probably a difficult one for a lot of people living there.

“But, while work is still ongoing, the transformation is already self-evident and the transformation here is quite incredible. The quality of them is the thing that really stands out.”

Fellow ward councillor Gary Coleman added: “The new homes will make a massive difference.

“They will help improve the quality of life for the residents and improve the whole area for generations to come.”

The development is made up of 108 two, three and four-bedroom houses and 90 apartments, 60 of which have been specially designed to convert to 30 family homes at a later stage. Council chiefs hope to create a stronger community by replacing the former mainly one-bedroomed properties with family homes.

The five high rise blocks contained 504 properties in total, but by 2011 they had become increasingly expensive to maintain, forcing the council to consider alternative housing solutions for the neighbourhood.

The three remaining tower blocks, Churchill Court, Walter Robinson Court and Elizabeth Court, will be redeveloped in the second phase of the development.

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