Homes scheme set to ‘transform’ site

An artist's impression of the new apartment block planned for Marton. Below: Coun Joan Greenhalgh.
An artist's impression of the new apartment block planned for Marton. Below: Coun Joan Greenhalgh.
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This is the new apartment block that developers hope will transform a disused piece of land in Blackpool.

Kensington Developments has secured renewed planning permission for a scheme to build 39 new homes on the corner of Langdale Road and Clifton Road, Marton.

Coun Joan Greenhalgh

Coun Joan Greenhalgh

The site was previously occupied by the Kensington Foundation, whose buildings have since been demolished.

Kirkham-based architects Croft Goode has designed the scheme which will have 24 apartments, with 15 houses also earmarked for the land.

Outline permission was originally given for the development in 2008, but so far no construction work has been carried out. Now the approval has been renewed it is hoped the work will begin soon.

Coun Joan Greenhalgh, who represents Clifton ward on Blackpool Council which includes the site, said: “I hope this development starts soon because it is an ideal location for housing, being on a bus route and close to shops including Tesco and Asda.

“There is also a community centre nearby, and it will mean good quality homes for more local people. The design is striking and will help uplift the area.” The Kensington Foundation, which supports projects aimed at helping vulnerable people, is now based in Whitegate Drive.

A planning brief accompanying the application says the design “is intentionally strident and contemporary”.

It adds: “The elevational treatment of the buildings is intended to raise the quality of architectural design in the immediate area.”

Coun Adrian Hutton, also ward councillor for Clifton, said: “That piece of land looks like an eyesore at the moment so any development would be welcome providing it is sympathetic to the surrounding area. It would be nice if it also included social housing.”

Four storey building on junction

The development comprises a four storey apartment block, two blocks of three storey accommodation to include five houses and two apartments each, and another five houses.

There will be 42 parking spaces.

A new access for vehicles will be created, off Langdale Road, along with feature landscaping at the junction, while a signalled pedestrian crossing is proposed to be installed on Clifton Road.

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