Tenants set for next phase of £22m neighbourhood

An artist's impression showing how some of the new recreational areas could look in phase 2 of the Queens Park development.
An artist's impression showing how some of the new recreational areas could look in phase 2 of the Queens Park development.
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Detailed plans for the second phase of the £22m redevelopment of Queens Park high rise estate have been submitted to Blackpool Council.

The scheme, which already has outline approval, will see the demolition of the final three tower blocks – to be replaced with a “contemporary residential neighbourhood” boasting landscaped squares and even public art eventually.

Developer Lovell has lodged the blueprint for 81 houses and 18 flats, with associated public open space, play areas, car parking, and accesses from Stirling Road and Laycock Gate.

Providing planning permission is granted, work will begin following the demolition of existing buildings including Churchill Court, Walter Robinson Court and Elizabeth Court high-rise flats and the Blackpool Boys and Girls Club.

At least one tower block is expected to be detonated as part of the clearance of the site.

All the high rise tenants have now moved out, with many rehomed within the 92 homes currently being built as part of phase one of the scheme.

Phase two will see Layton Recreation Ground redeveloped with new open space integrated within the remodelled estate.

Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This is another important step in the final phase of redeveloping Queens Park.

“Healthy communities come from having healthy homes and while we are tackling the rogue landlords in town, we are also providing a new stock of houses in Queens Park which are safe, secure and environmentally friendly.

“The first phase of work at Queens Park has had a fantastic impact. Not only has it vastly improved the look of the area but it is also making sure that our residents can live in warm, secure homes that are much more suitable for a modern day family.

“This second phase will include building some homes on part of Layton recreation ground while extending the park into new areas that were part of the Queens Park estate.

“I am keen that we talk to all the nearby residents about plans for improving and extending the park to create something that the whole local community can be proud of.”

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The masterplan will create a contemporary residential neighbourhood that has been designed in response to the Queens Park vision.”

The properties will include buildings with one-bedroomed flats on the ground and first floor to accommodate existing tenants who want to stay on the estate.

But it will be possible to convert the buildings to family homes in the future.

Among further priorities is making the estate feel safe for all its residents.

The report says in order to “create a new identity for the area, measures to design out crime and anti-social behaviour have been given high priority.

“If existing and new residents do not feel safe and secure in their new setting, then this will adversely affect their quality of life.”