Work begins to build 131 new affordable rented Blackpool homes in Grange Park

Work has begun in earnest to build 131 new homes at Grange Park - with the first residents set to be handed their keys next year.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 4:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th June 2022, 7:05 am

The foundations are now being laid for the first phase of the £20m project which will see 96 houses, five bungalows and 30 sheltered housing apartments build across two sites.

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The scheme is being partially funded by a grant from Homes England, while funding from the European Regional Development Fund will support the installation of air source heat pumps in 30 of the homes and a new cycle path.

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Foundations for the first phase of a new £20m council housing development in Grange Park. Pictured are councillors Gillian Campbell and Ivan Taylor with R-L John Donnellon from Blackpool Coastal Housing, Sarah Speakman from Blackpool Housing Company and Jeremy Whittle from Tyson Construction.

Blackpool based builder Tyson Construction Ltd has been appointed as the principal contractor for the development and 60 per cent of the people working on site are from the local area.

Jeremy Whittle, managing director of Tyson Construction, said: “Blackpool is our home, we are committed to supporting the local supply chain and equally committed to creating lasting social value which will have a positive impact on our local community."

The development is spilt across two sites – Chepstow Road and Dinmore Avenue.

Coun Ivan Taylor, deputy leader of Blackpool Council and cabinet member for housing, said: “It is great to the work progressing so well on Grange Park. By this time next year we expect the first residents to have moved into their new homes.

Foundations for the first phase of a new £20m council housing development in Grange Park

“We are committed to building and buying more council homes to increase the number of properties available to help local residents get the affordable rented home they are looking for.

“Once this project is complete more than 400 new homes will have been built since 2018.”