THE new ‘modular’ homes to replace an eyesore former care home have arrived on site.

The kit houses will soon become 16 two and three-bedroomed affordable properties.

The former Laneside care home on Shorrock Lane, Blackburn, had been left empty for more than 10 years before demolition began in May.

It was in serious disrepair, with the building becoming the target for vandals, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

But now the modular houses are being built on site as part of a £2.8million scheme part funded by Homes England and is being delivered in partnership with Tyson’s Construction and social housing provider Great Places.

Half of the new-style homes will be manufactured by Osco Homes and the remainder by Ilke Homes.

Shorrock Lane, Great Places first full venture exploiting the high-speed construction method using factory-built components, will create work opportunities and work experience for local people in partnership with Northern Edge Consultancy Ltd.

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s regeneration boss, said: “It’s really exciting to see the arrival of new homes to replace the derelict building that has blighted this site for so long and it needed a great piece of work by council officers and Great Places to bring about this transformation. Well done to everyone.”

Matthew Harrison, chief executive of Great Places, said: “We’re delighted to be able to transform the site using the latest building techniques to provide much needed affordable homes to the local area.

“We’ve worked with planners to tailor the new scheme to meet local demand, providing a high-quality living environment which is sympathetic to its surroundings whilst reflecting the distinctive characteristics of the local area.”

Jeremy Whittle from Tyson Construction said: “We have a long and strong relationship with Great Places Housing Group and are proud to be involved in their first fully-modular housing development. We recognise the Government’s drive to increase the delivery of affordable housing using modern methods of construction and we will continue to work with Great Places to help them deliver this strategic objective”. All the homes will be energy efficient, reducing fuel bills for residents and will have private gardens and parking. The development is set to be completed by March 2021.