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Work starts on Blackburn high rise land

Lancashire Telegraph: Arshid Mahmood Arshid Mahmood

WORK has begun on a £1.4million development of the North Road area in Blackburn.

The regeneration will finally see a replacement for the site of the former high-rise flats which were torn down more than a decade ago.

Councillors visited the site last week to see where the 16 new homes will be located when the work is completed in June.

The houses are described as two and three-bedroom affordable homes on the parcel of land that has remained untouched since the block of flats were pulled down in the 1990s.

Blackburn with Darwen Council said the development would meet level three of the Code for Sustainable Homes and would face the recently completed Valley Lane development in North Road.

The homes are funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), with four of the properties being made available for shared ownership and the remaining 12 homes for ‘affordable’ rent.

Matthew Harrison, chief executive of Great Places Housing Group, one of the largest housing associations in the UK, said: “North Road is a great location for families and these new affordable homes will be a fantastic addition to the area, enabling couples and families to live in quality and attractive accommodation at affordable prices.”

Peter Bojar, director of development, added: “This is a fine example of partnership working between ourselves, Blackburn with Darwen Council and the HCA.”

Coun Arshid Mahmood, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, housing and customer services, said: “There is a real need in the area for new affordable homes, we hope these houses will help go towards meeting the current demand and improve the area.”

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3:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

tenerc says...

instead of building these 2 & 3 bed homes with "affordable rent" why not build 1 bed homes?

The government want people who are under occupied to move yet we have no place to move to!!

Build us 1 bed homes and we`ll move.
instead of building these 2 & 3 bed homes with "affordable rent" why not build 1 bed homes? The government want people who are under occupied to move yet we have no place to move to!! Build us 1 bed homes and we`ll move. tenerc
  • Score: 21

4:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

ali60son says...

Sorry but the Telegraph once again are guilty of inaccurate reporting. There wer never any high rise flats on North Road, they were situated on Queens Road across from what was the main entrance to the park.
Sorry but the Telegraph once again are guilty of inaccurate reporting. There wer never any high rise flats on North Road, they were situated on Queens Road across from what was the main entrance to the park. ali60son
  • Score: 12

4:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

woolywords says...

ali60son wrote:
Sorry but the Telegraph once again are guilty of inaccurate reporting. There wer never any high rise flats on North Road, they were situated on Queens Road across from what was the main entrance to the park.
In fairness, I think that the reporter meant those tenement style buildings that were in the cul-de-sacs, on the left, as you got to the top of Pringle St. which have long gone.
Although there were two cul-de-sacs, I can only recall the name of one, Parkwood Road and these were hideous looking buildings that epitomised everything that could be done wrong in a building. So it was little wonder that they were torn down.
[quote][p][bold]ali60son[/bold] wrote: Sorry but the Telegraph once again are guilty of inaccurate reporting. There wer never any high rise flats on North Road, they were situated on Queens Road across from what was the main entrance to the park.[/p][/quote]In fairness, I think that the reporter meant those tenement style buildings that were in the cul-de-sacs, on the left, as you got to the top of Pringle St. which have long gone. Although there were two cul-de-sacs, I can only recall the name of one, Parkwood Road and these were hideous looking buildings that epitomised everything that could be done wrong in a building. So it was little wonder that they were torn down. woolywords
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

zabby says...

Could do with some 4&5 bed houses to house the romanians& bulgarians
Could do with some 4&5 bed houses to house the romanians& bulgarians zabby
  • Score: -4

12:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tntoast says...

just make sure that thhey not smokers the last buildings there were pulled down because of the methan gas that was coming through the foundations
ant these was masinetts a flat down stairs for OAP and upstairs for families so they could lokk out for the OAPs
just make sure that thhey not smokers the last buildings there were pulled down because of the methan gas that was coming through the foundations ant these was masinetts a flat down stairs for OAP and upstairs for families so they could lokk out for the OAPs tntoast
  • Score: 0

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