Published Monday 1 July 2019 at 15:37
Plans for an affordable modern ‘modular’ housing scheme have been given the go-ahead for the borough.
The 73 new timber-framed family homes are set for Alaska Street in Blackburn and is the first scheme of this scale in Blackburn with Darwen.
Places for People and Homes England will join Blackburn with Darwen Council in building the affordable housing scheme in Blackburn
It is also the first affordable homes project of this size from Places for People in the North West.
It is the final part of land in the Infirmary Waterside clearance area and proposals include 18 two bed homes, 42 three bed homes and 13 four bed homes.
Four homes would cater for potential future disabled adaptations for residents who need them.
Places for People previously developed 159 new homes next to the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary site. This will complete the regeneration of the Infirmary Waterside area and finish the project started by Places for People.
A modular home is not a mobile home, but is a house that is built off-site from the location of the building and is then delivered to the location after it has been built where builders lay foundations and finish the home.
Once a modular home is delivered and set in its foundation, it cannot be moved.
The modular building process is becoming more popular worldwide, providing a fast, cost-effective and efficient way to build a home.
Alaska Street’s modular homes will be created by the Places for People’s modular subsidiary Modularwise, at its factory in Wales.
The news is testament to Places for People’s strong strategic partnership with Homes England, which is bringing funding into Lancashire and helping the Government meet its national target of creating more new homes.
Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Growth and Development at Blackburn and Darwen Council, said:
This project will bring affordable, modern homes to Blackburn, and increase choice for people in the borough.
It will also contribute to the wider regeneration of the area and add to the great home building taking place. The redevelopment of Alaska Street has been a priority for the regeneration of South Blackburn for a number of years and we are delighted that work can now progress.”
David Cowans, Chief Executive of Places for People, said:
We are delighted to announce details of this partnership which will pave the way for the creation of affordable homes for the local community in Blackburn.
Places for People is embracing modern methods of construction as we strategically invest in modular, finding new ways to deliver better, well-designed and affordable homes in the process.”