Work starts on new homes

An artists impression of some of the 31 homes being built on land at'All Hallows Road in Bispham.
An artists impression of some of the 31 homes being built on land at'All Hallows Road in Bispham.
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Work will begin this month on a scheme to replace rundown council houses with modern family homes.

The scheme will see 44 properties on All Hallows Road, at the junction with All Saints Road at Bispham, demolished to make way for a new estate of 31 houses designed by Kirkham-based Croft Goode Architects.

There will be 26 modern family homes, half of which will be three-bed properties while the remainder will consist of 11 two-bed properties and two four-bedroom homes.

In addition, the development will include five bungalows with two bedrooms each.

The scheme will be developed by Southdale Homes for the Great Places Housing Association and, upon completion, all family homes will be available to rent while the five bungalows will be placed up for private sale.

Croft Goode’s lead designer for the project, Dan Bishop, said: “The designs mean the homes are much more in keeping with the existing urban grain of the All Hallows Road area of Bispham and will allow the development to sit among its surroundings in a far more comfortable manner than the previous development.

“User experience will also be enhanced by the project thanks to the maintenance and improvement of the existing footpath links, encouraging interaction and aiding the integration process of new residents into the local community.”

Demolition of the existing apartment blocks and maisonettes on the 0.74 hectare site will begin before the end of this month ahead of the start of construction.

The scheme has been in the pipeline since 2011 when it was agreed to demolish 41 existing flats and maisonettes and to acquire and demolish three flats owned by leaseholders.

The project is the latest in a series of investments in affordable housing in Blackpool.

In Layton, the high rise tower blocks at Queens Park are being demolished and replaced with low rise rented family homes.

The first residents have already moved into their new houses.

Meanwhile, homes are being built at Foxhall Village, between Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road.

The development includes affordable homes as well as houses to be sold on the open market.