Looking for a home win

Blackburn is building homes. Work is underway on a huge new development that is one of the biggest ever housing regeneration projects in the town’s history.

The Fishmoor development, made up of mostly brownfield sites, will see more than 370 homes built, as well as significant investment in the local area.

And it is just part of a wider picture in the borough. While the Fishmoor planning application was the largest the council had ever received at that time, it was quickly superseded by a detailed submission for 450 homes off Brokenstone Road and a hybrid application for the final 435 homes within the Gib Lane Masterplan area.

Kingswood Homes secured detailed planning permission for the final phases of the award-winning Green Hills development in Feniscowles late last year – part of the masterplan.

The Gib Lane plan is set to deliver more than 800 new homes in that area – including Wainhomes and Story Homes developments. 

Kingswood is based in Little Hoole. It collaborated with highly acclaimed design team Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway in establishing the Green Hills development.

Our new Local Plan is ambitious - setting out proposals that will help create 5,000 new jobs in the borough

It has also submitted plans to transform a former mill site in Hoddlesden. The land once housed Vernon Carus Mill – a textile mill that made medical fabrics for bandages until 2003. Kingswood has submitted a reserved matters planning application to build 79 homes there.

Meanwhile, work is continuing to finalise the borough’s Local Plan, which outlines proposals for 7,000 new homes, including the North East Blackburn Strategic Housing Site – a new 1,500-home neighbourhood on the edge of the town.

Councillor Phil Riley, the council’s executive member for growth and development, says: “Our new Local Plan is ambitious – setting out proposals that will help create 5,000 new jobs in the borough and paving the way for quality housing and infrastructure for residents and businesses over the next 15 years.

“We’ve a strong track record too – the latest Housing Delivery Test put us in the top 25 of local authorities nationally, delivering a 300 per cent increase on the target set by government.

“This is important because we know that developing a strong housing offer is crucial to shaping strong communities and a strong economic future for our towns.

“With the £250m Blackburn Town Centre Masterplan and the £90m we’ll see as part of the Darwen Investment Plan, we’re on the cusp of a really exciting time for the borough.

“We’re talking about investment in Blackburn with Darwen at a level never seen before in our lifetimes which is incredible.”