Government chief visits Blackpool homes

Perry Place, Foxhall Village, Blackpool
Perry Place, Foxhall Village, Blackpool

Melanie Dawes, permanent secretary for the department of communities and local government (DCLG), has spent a day in Blackpool looking at its housing challenges.

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The visit included discussions with officers and councillors, and a tour of new homes at Queens Park and Foxhall Village and a refurbished home from Blackpool Housing Company’s portfolio.

In a report to full council, Blackpool Council deputy leader Coun Gillian Campbell said: “Melanie confirmed she wants government policy to further evolve to help us develop a better housing offer in inner Blackpool, in particular to support more robust regulation of poor quality private rented properties.”