MP warns town needs affordable housing as part of development

The National Savings building in Marton which is set to be demolished
The National Savings building in Marton which is set to be demolished
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Proposals to build more than 100 houses on the Premium Bonds site in Marton should include provision for affordable housing, Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden warned today.

National Savings and Investments (NS&I) and Rowland Homes have submitted a joint application to build 118 homes on land on Mythop Road.

We have been crying out for affordable housing

Mr Marsden said: “We are crying out for affordable housing whether to rent or purchase and yet again we have a developer who wants to put more expensive houses on the outskirts of town in what is effectively a business park.

“That is the wrong priority.

“If they want to build houses, they need to be pressed about how many will be affordable to local people and if not, they should be pressed on providing affordable housing elsewhere in the town.”

Around 80 residents have signed a petition protesting against the scheme which would see the famous eight-storey tower on the National Savings site - home to ERNIE - demolished if it gets the go ahead.

They are worried about the impact of the development on traffic levels and wildlife and fear it could also lead to flooding.

Mr Marsden, who met with officials from NS&I last year to discuss the future of the site, said he “shared some of the concerns of residents”.

But the applicants say measures will be incorporated to minimise the risk of flooding and the development has been designed “to have a minimal impact on the ecological value of the site.”

The design brief accompanying the application says: “The proposals will deliver high quality three and four bedroomed family dwellings for which there is a demand, and would provide high quality aspirational housing which will assist in addressing the projected out migration of the population.”

Part of the development site will be set aside for employment use, and around 450 civil servants will remain on site, in the Moorland building.