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Blackpool housing development worth £50m offered lifeline after three years

Blackpool’s Foxhall Village housing project is set to be offered a revival, almost three years after work halted thanks to the original contractor going into administration.

Blackpool Council made an agreement with Great Places Housing when the project was handed over that they would work together exclusively to restart the building work. 193 of the proposed 410 homes had been completed before work ceased, of which Great Places Housing already owned 79 properties.

70 of the homes owned by Great Places will be made available for affordable housing.

Architects Cassidy and Ashton have submitted planning applications to Blackpool Council saying that “Great Places Housing Group now intend to deliver the much-needed housing at this site.”

The site was handed over to the council in August 2021 by the administrators Price Waterhouse Cooper after Hollinwood Homes, the original contractor, went into administration before the third phases of the development could begin; the third phase will now be taken over by Great Places Housing Group, a social housing provider.

The land required for Foxhall Village was assembled by the council with the assistance of a government grant of £2.7m and phase three will take place on land between Blundell Street, Blundell Street, Tyldesley Road and Rigby Road.

This news also comes after Michael Gove, the Government’s Levelling Up Secretary, unveiled new measures to help improve the lives of people in Blackpool which include plans to create new homes. Local leaders, businesses, community groups and the Government worked together to develop the plans that form a large part of the Prime Minister’s Levelling Up initiative. £20m worth of funding has been provided by a Supported Housing Improvement Programme, that will be shared between Blackpool, Birmingham, Hull and Blackburn with Darwen.

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