WORK could begin in the new year to prepare land for a £50m housing development for Blackpool.
Two redundant gas holders on Blundell Street will be demolished as part of the clearance of the site between Blundell Street, Princess Street, Tyldesley Road and Rigby Road which has been earmarked for up to 410 new homes.
Blackpool Council has submitted a planning application for the preparation of the land.
If it gets the go-ahead, the work is due to begin early in 2013, and will take between nine months and a year to complete.
Regeneration chiefs have pledged to keep disruption to a minimum.
A report to planners says: “Any impact associated with these enabling works will be temporary, for a period of no more than 12 months.
“A strict management regime will be in place to minimise disruption and nuisance to local residents and businesses.
“The benefit for the surrounding neighbourhood lies in the longer term use of the site and the significant merit in decontaminating the site, eliminating the remnants of its heavy industrial past and bringing it back into beneficial use.”
Hollinwood Homes has been appointed by the council to build the homes, with the first ones due to be ready by April 2014.
Most of the land –which includes the site of the former Mecca building, the ex Illuminations depot and the Blundell Street car park – is already owned by Blackpool Council.
The homes will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom affordable properties.
The council will meet the £15m cost of clearing the site using grants and Government funding from the New Homes Bonus scheme aimed at encouraging house building.
Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing on Blackpool Council, said: “We are now reaching the first stage of the housing project and, if approved, people will begin to see work taking place on the site very soon.
“This project will make a huge difference to the local community, creating a real sense of neighbourhood and local pride, along with suitable family houses.”