Published Friday 21 February 2020 at 14:02
Blackburn with Darwen Council has welcomed progress on new housing in Griffin after plans for the first phase were approved by planning committee.
The Council has worked hard to breathe new life into the area, which had been blighted by eyesore buildings and derelict housing. (link to previous story) Read the previous story.
The Council successfully bid for and used government funding to intervene as well as its own resources to demolish derelict homes to pave the way for development as well as improving local roads and infrastructure.
At last night’s planning committee, councillors approved plans for the first phase of house building which will see 56 affordable homes built in the area.
Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Growth and Development, said:
We have taken yet another step towards renewing the area and breathing new life into Griffin. Now the planning committee has approved the plans work can begin on the site within weeks.
This has been long term project and some believed it couldn’t be done but the area and the borough will soon be reaping the benefits with high quality but also affordable homes.
Without our interventions, redevelopment would have been highly unlikely and the area would still be suffering with boarded up buildings and unfit homes.
Eventually, the renewal programme will deliver nearly 150 new homes.