New homes for Blackpool: ‘Invest in the area and you will see a return’

New homes for Blackpool: ‘Invest in the area and you will see a return’
There have been calls for more housing in Blackpool to help regenerate the area.

ALMOST 30 homes are to be built in Blackpool at Pope’s Rd, the latest in a number of developments in the area.

KMR Developments has been granted conditional permission to build 29 homes on a brownfield site to the rear of Pope’s Hill, which will involve the demolition of four houses.

The site is behind estates at Ardpatrick and between Rathmore Park and Glentrasna Crescent.

The area has seen rapid housing development in the last two decades with hundreds of houses built close to the city centre.

A previous application by Rockforest Homes on the same site for 27 homes was denied permission last year due to issues with layout despite planners stating the site was suitable for a residential development.

The development is the latest in a long line of housing projects announced in the Blackpool area over the last year with Respond Housing Association set to deliver 36 three-bed, 38 two-bed, and six one-bed social housing units at Redforge Rd, on the old Sunbeam site, to be built by HRP construction.

There are also plans 112 new homes in a €30m development on Thomas Davis St, as well as tentative plans for 800 homes on the Old Whitechurch Rd.

Local councillor Ken O’Flynn said it is important that development of housing is mixed between private, social and affordable housing.

“We’ve had an influx of development announcements in the Blackpool and greater Blackpool area and they have been mainly council projects — which is fantastic,” said Mr O’Flynn.

“However, we have to strike the right balance on the northside with private ownership so we are not ghettoising the area as just council estate after council estate.

“My advice to developers is to invest in Blackpool and the local area and you’ll see a return because, with the businesses that are developing there, there is a need for good quality private housing.”

The rapid development in Blackpool has led to calls for better connectivity for the area to the city centre.

The opening of a train station at Kilbarry has been identified as the key to unlocking the regeneration of Blackpool, and calls are growing for it to be prioritised to battle increasing congestion on the northside.

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