From ‘high rise to village’

Artists impression of how the �22m Queens Park scheme will look.
Artists impression of how the �22m Queens Park scheme will look.
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Work will begin next month on transforming Blackpool’s high rise Queens Park estate into family homes after the £22m scheme secured planning permission.

Councillors unanimously approved the massive redevelopment which will eventually see all five tower blocks demolished, starting with Charles Court and Ashworth Court.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing on Blackpool Council, said: “This is one of the final steps to redeveloping Queens Park.

“The approval means work can now begin on the north of the estate, which includes the first two of the five tower blocks, Charles Court and Ashworth Court.

“I know a lot of tenants and local residents, along with myself and the local ward councillors, are excited about the changes and can’t wait to see the new estate start to take shape.

“When the work begins in August, not only will we see a change in the way the area looks, but tenants will also be able to live in suitable family homes which will reduce health risks and raise aspirations.”

The first phase will see developer Lovell build 92 new homes, made up of 22 houses and 70 flats in two and three storey blocks.

Forty flats would be capable of future conversion to 20 houses.

Chairman of Blackpool Council’s planning committee Coun David Owen said councillors wanted to make sure the new estate would be attractive to would-be residents.

He said: “The scheme has been laid out in a village style, and we have impressed upon the developer that we are looking for something attractive of which we can all be very proud.

“Also, £500,000 will be spent on the setting and parkland, and a lot of new drainage will be going in to prevent flooding so there will be a lot of bonuses as well.”

The Queens Park Residents Association welcomed the decision.

Chairman Gwen King said; “We are looking forward to the contractors coming on site and starting work.”

As well as approving the detailed first phase, the planning committee also supported an outline application for the second phase for the future demolition of the remaining three tower blocks - Churchill Court, Walter Robinson Court and Elizabeth Court.

That will see another 106 homes built, and the Blackpool Boys and Girls Club replaced with new community facilities and public areas.

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