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£10m regeneration developers apply to carry out more work in Hyndburn
THE developers of a £10 million regeneration project in Hyndburn have applied for permission to carry out more work.
PlaceFirst and TwinValley Homes started the Woodnook project in June to give the derelict area a much-needed lift, stripping out homes and also partially demolishing other homes PlaceFirst has asked Hyndburn Council for the go-ahead to carry out more works, including wall-mounted street lighting, signs, trees and alterations to the roads and footpaths.
The work will be carried out on Hudson Street, Augusta Street, Royds Street and Booth Street if, as expected, councillors give the go-ahead.
Associate director at PlaceFirst, Martin Ellerby, said: “We plan to resurface the roads and footpaths, at the same time creating more parking spaces on each street.
“We will introduce a number of street trees that soften the visual impact of parked cars whilst improving the overall setting of the new homes.
“The footpaths are narrow so we took the decision to remove the existing street lighting fixed in the footpath, and introduce new wall-mounted lighting fixed to the properties.”
Secure alley-gating will also be installed to increase security.
Mr Ellerby added: “We are very excited about the proposals and, working with the council, aim to deliver a high quality environment that demonstrates our shared vision for Woodnook as an affordable and attractive neighbourhood within a short walk of Accrington town centre.”
More properties in the area were compulsorily purchased by Hyndburn Council, and added to the regeneration project, in August.
The project, operating under the name Woodnook JVCo, is aimed at making the homes affordable and efficient.
Woodnook JVCo matched the £3.76m funding which Hyndburn Borough Council secured from the HCA Empty Homes Cluster Fund.
Future tenants will be out of the Twin Valley Management progamme, in a bid to end problems with empty homes and nuisance tenants. Families are expected to move in next summer.
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