Jobs legacy for homes plan

Artist impression show how the new homes in Layton will look.
Artist impression show how the new homes in Layton will look.
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A £22m redevelopment of Blackpool’s Queen’s Park estate will create hundreds of jobs for local people.

As reported in Monday’s Gazette, regeneration expert Lovell has been chosen as the developer for the scheme which will see the demolition of the town’s five high rise tower block, with work due to start in May.

The towers will be replaced with 198 family homes.

Council chiefs estimate every £1m spent on housing projects supports around 28 jobs directly and indirectly, meaning the scheme will boost employment by around 600 jobs.

Coun Gary Coleman, ward councillor for Brunswick which includes Queen’s Park and who is also Blackpool’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “In the face of a possible triple dip recession further local employment opportunities will also become available as this scheme starts to take shape.

“Not only will Queen’s Park improve significantly from the building work but the whole town will feel the benefits too.”

The Queen’s Park Residents Association, which has been involved in choosing the preferred developer out of five companies which expressed an interest, said providing employment within the community was a vital part of the proposals. Lovell will work with Blackpool Build Up on the scheme which provides training for those out of work.

Chairman Gwen King added: “The residents group have the utmost confidence in the preferred supplier.

“We are also delighted Lovell as a company, have committed to create local job opportunities working with Blackpool Build up and Blackpool and The Fylde College. This is dreadfully important in this time of economic downturn and a welcome boost to the local job market.”

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