'Eyesore' site to be cleared for Blackpool sports village
Land which had gone unused since the housing developer that owned it went into administration is to be cleared to make way for the proposed Revoe Community Sports Village project.
The site, adjacent to Blackpool Football Club, had previously been used by developer Hollinwood Homes to stockpile surplus waste materials, including excess spoil.
After completing half of the proposed new homes at Foxhall Village, Marcus Worthington Ltd unexpectedly entered administration shortly followed by Hollinwood Homes. At this point all works site stopped completely.
Following lengthy legal negotiations in September 2021, Blackpool Council managed to obtain full control of the site.
The former Foxhall Phase 4 development is now earmarked for Revoe Community Sports Village project, with £6.5m of funding being derived from the overall £39.5m Town Funds programme.
The council has been working with Blackpool Football Club, Blackpool Football Club Community Sports Trust and the Football Foundation for more than a year to determine the long-term potential of the site.
It is proposed that the area could be developed to provide a number of community accessible sports pitches as well as supporting the club’s ambitions for redevelopment of Bloomfield Road’s existing East Stand.
In advance of finalising plans for future development, work will be undertaken to clear the site.
Cllr Mark Smith, cabinet member for business, enterprise and job creation, said: "This site has been eyesore for far too long and I am delighted that work will be starting imminently to remove all the surplus material and spoil.
“We have really exciting plans for the area that we hope to be able to share in the coming months once we have reached a formal agreement with the Football Club.”
Enabling works are due to start on site early June and are expected to last 12 weeks.