FROM high rise to family friendly – that is the transformation set to change the face of Layton.
Developer Lovell has worked with residents to create a village-style development to replace the five tower blocks at Queens Park.
Designed by Condy Lofthouse Architects, the new low-rise scheme will provide 180 homes for the council, which will be managed by Blackpool Coastal Housing, the council’s arm’s-length management organisation, and 18 properties for open market sale by Lovell.
Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing on Blackpool Council, said: “I’m delighted the Lovell plans have been chosen for the new Queens Park.
“We’ve worked closely with existing tenants to help shape the designs and to create a new estate which will help build on the existing community.
“The development will also offer job opportunities for local traders and apprentices which are much needed in the current climate.”
The new development will be 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.
Gwen King, chairman of the Queens Park Residents Association, said: “We are delighted with the scheme.
“We have worked closely with the council and asked for something very modern and very contemporary and that is exactly what we have got.
“They will be homes for the 21st century and they will be very energy-efficient and warm.
“There is plenty of green space and we hope the new estate will be better especially for families with children.”
Lovell regional director Nigel Yates said: “We believe the new Queen’s Park will set a new standard for well-designed housing in Blackpool, providing superb, contemporary homes for existing residents as well as attracting new people to the area.”
Lovell will join forces with the Blackpool Build Up project, a partnership between Blackpool Council and Blackpool and The Fylde College, to find jobs and training placements for local unemployed people to work on the scheme.