A NEW housing estate with more than 380 homes could be coming to Blackburn.

Countryside Properties and Together Housing Group have submitted an application to Blackburn with Darwen Council for the development off Fishmoor Drive and Roman Road.

It is nearly two and a half years since proposals came to light as part of a masterplan for 350 homes and, if the application is passed, work would take place on three parcels of the land.

Parcel one (north of Fishmoor Drive) was once occupied by a residential estate which has since been demolished and now is occupied by a play area.

The second plot (south of Fishmoor Drive) was previously developed land and is now vacant, as it the third plot.

The application said: “The development will provide an attractive, high quality designed area to live.

“The scale and character of the proposals will ensure that the scheme will contribute to and enhance the immediate and surrounding area.

“The development is in context with the adjacent area creating an attractive, distinctive and aspirational scheme.”

Executive member for regeneration on Blackburn with Darwen Council Cllr Phil Riley said: “This is the largest housing development that we have had in Blackburn and Darwen for a number of years.

“It’s a combination of a great deal of work both by council officers and some of the developers.”

Parcels one and two would bring 269 homes two-storey properties with two, three and four bedrooms.

The third parcel is earmarked for 114 two and two and a half storey properties which will have two, three or four bedrooms.

Cllr John Slater, who represents the Blackburn South ward, said: “We are building far too many houses without the infrastructure in place for it.

“That includes doctors, dentists, schools and hospitals and even our roads. They have to be able to cope with the added pressure and more families and houses.

“I think there should be a moratorium on how many houses are built and stopping more before the infrastructure is in place.”

Cllr Jacqueline Slater who also represents the Blackburn South ward added: “The problem with building family homes is that all our schools are full, you cannot get a dentists and our doctors are closing their lists for people to register.

“It is okay thinking about housing but there have to be things catered for.”