High rise bulldoze given go-ahead

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BLACKPOOL’S skyline will change forever when its high rise estate is demolished to make way for a new £30m housing development.

Work could begin by the end of 2012 to bulldoze the first of the five tower blocks at Queens Park.

Council chiefs have revealed ambitious plans to replace the 504 properties on the estate with up to 250 new homes, including more family accommodation – while paying tenants £4,700 each to move.

The decision follows a consultation exercise launched in June which found the most popular choice among residents was total demolition and redevelopment.

Other options were to invest in the existing buildings, or partial demolition.

Brunswick ward councillor and council leader Simon Blackburn said: “Every week at my surgery I hear tales of neglect and despair. To be able to at last rehouse these people in the modern properties they deserve, on the estate they are committed to, is a dream come true. No more damp, mould, floods, draughts and sky high heating bills.”