Plans for 67 new homes submitted for Blackpool site

Plans to kickstart a stalled £50m housing development in Blackpool have now been formally submitted.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Thursday, 9th June 2022, 5:44 pm

Great Places Housing Association has lodged a planning application to build an additional 67 affordable homes to complete the west site of Blackpool Council’s flagship Foxhall Village development on Rigby Road.

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The scheme for two, three and four bedroom homes has been developed in consultation with the council to complete the remaining phases of Foxhall Village after the original developers Hollinwood Homes went into administration in 2019.

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An artist's impression of the proposed new development by Great Places

The council took over the site from the administrators in August 2021 and is committed to ensuring the remainder of the west site (land either side of Blundell Street) is built to provide new homes as originally proposed.

It is working with Great Places, under an exclusivity agreement, to resolve the complexities of delivering the development.

While the council has yet to make a decision on the delivery approach it is hoped this will lead to a new agreement with Great Places to complete the west site.

Helen Spencer, executive director of growth at Great Places, said: “Great Places Housing Association already owns 79 homes at Foxhall Village and alongside the council is committed to ensuring the long-term success of Foxhall Village as a thriving local community.

"Our proposals would not only secure the completion of the west site, if fully approved, but also provide an additional 67 much needed affordable homes in the local area.

"As a long term owner and investor in Foxhall Village we continue to seek solutions to deliver what is a complex and difficult site but of key importance to the town.

“The complexities of getting the project to this stage have been extremely challenging and we would like to acknowledge the support of the Council and our consultants in developing these proposals to complete the final phase of this landmark development.”

It was first revealed in May that Great Places Housing Group was preparing to take over development of phase three of the Foxhall Village.

A total of 193 of a proposed 410 houses had been built before Hollinwood Homes went out of business.