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Burnley and Pendle streets crying out for regeneration

Lancashire Telegraph: Some of Burnley's terraced streets are in need of renovation Some of Burnley's terraced streets are in need of renovation

BURNLEY and Pendle should be the UK’s top priority when it comes to reviving old terraced homes, says a leading think tank.

Regenerating ageing housing stock is the key to bringing greater prosperity to the neighbouring boroughs, not just buidling new homes, according to Centre for Cities (CfC).

Analysts have identified 10 cities, mainly in the south and south-west, where they say prosperity is dependent on new housebuilding.

But CfC has also pinpointed another 10 locations where a combination of housebuilding and refurbishment is the solution. For the purposes of the CfC study, which examines 64 locations nationwide, Burnley and Pendle is combined into one “city” unit.

A CfC spokesman said: “For some cities, lack of housing prevents people accessing jobs or means they are stuck in cramped accommodation. In other cities, incentives to retrofit empty houses could improve local quality of life.

Both approaches, adapted to local needs, would generate the jobs and growth the UK needs.”

Burnley and Pendle both recently succeeded, as part of a Pennine Lancashire bid, to tackle housing revival via “clusters” of properties.

In Burnley this cash is being directed at Brennand Street, around Gannow Lane and parts of Trinity ward.

And in Pendle investment is being made via a loans scheme in Colne’s Waterside district, Railway Street in Brierfield and Bradley and Southfield in Nelson.

Coun Joe Cooney said: “Once these homes are brought up to scratch, they'll provide decent homes for well over 300 people.”

Elsewhere the report praises Burnley and Pendle’s “resilience’ in weathering the economic downturn with business start-ups holding relatively firm and house prices increasing.

Ryan Gifford, a regeneration official at Burnley Council has told councillors: “The report highlights the fact that Burnley’s economy has been surprisingly resilient during the economic downturn while others have been unexpectedly affected.”

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6:08pm Thu 31 Jan 13

coates warder says...

simple.get the owners to take out a second morgage like i had to,dont wait for a grant get your hand in your pockets.all the grants in the last 10 years in nelson/brierfield is just silly.these owners own more than one property and the council are giving them free money.its a joke .some owners know if they neglect their homes the council will do it up. the last grants given out ,one man had 5 houses on the same row that he rents out and still did his properties up.amazing.
simple.get the owners to take out a second morgage like i had to,dont wait for a grant get your hand in your pockets.all the grants in the last 10 years in nelson/brierfield is just silly.these owners own more than one property and the council are giving them free money.its a joke .some owners know if they neglect their homes the council will do it up. the last grants given out ,one man had 5 houses on the same row that he rents out and still did his properties up.amazing. coates warder
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7:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

At last a report that makes sense, No need to build thousands of new houses that very few people can afford, get these traditional 2 up 2 downs back into use and above all clamp down on the antisocial blight on these society's and the are will become one people wish to live in again especially the young who can not get on the housing ladder.
At last a report that makes sense, No need to build thousands of new houses that very few people can afford, get these traditional 2 up 2 downs back into use and above all clamp down on the antisocial blight on these society's and the are will become one people wish to live in again especially the young who can not get on the housing ladder. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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9:43am Fri 1 Feb 13

Real Lancs Assembly says...

Well the mp's for Burnley and Pendle are part of the coalition, so shouldnt these 2 be high-lighting this report to the housing minister, and start to do what they were elected to do and represent there constiuents.
Well the mp's for Burnley and Pendle are part of the coalition, so shouldnt these 2 be high-lighting this report to the housing minister, and start to do what they were elected to do and represent there constiuents. Real Lancs Assembly
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