Work set to start on 218 new homes

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Work is set to start on the development of hundreds of homes in central Blackpool.

The first phase of a £50m development, dubbed Foxhall Village, was approved by Blackpool Council’s planning committee last night.

Developers Hollinwood Homes have been given the go ahead to start work on 218 properties, comprising 42 four-bedroomed homes, 114 three bedroomed, 53 two bedroomed and nine two bedroomed flats.

The development will also include 70 affordable units for Great Places Housing Group.

Rhian Stratton, associate for Nexus Planning, the planning consultancy for the developer, said: “It’s fantastic news and great to have received unanimous support from the planning committee.

“The redevelopment of this site for family housing will offer significant regeneration benefits and create an attractive place to live with a distinctive feel, helping to rebalance the housing market in the 

Outline planning permission was granted earlier this year for 410 homes on the land between Central Drive, Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road.

Developers propose to landscape the 19-acre site to reflect its seaside setting and include informal open spaces and children’s play areas as well as a communal garden for residents.

Some concern was raised by Coun Mark Smith over loss parking spaces in the area.

But council officers moved to reassure the planning committee they would work to free up spaces to allow parking for hotels and businesses in the area, saying they were looking at parking in the Lytham Road area.

Parking in the Foxhall Village itself will be a mix of off-street and on-street, with some visitor parking and access will be via Rigby Road, Princess Street and a proposed South Boundary Road.

Work is expected to begin later this year and be complete by 2020.

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