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A housing development which will offer a lifeline to low-income families and struggling first-time buyers in Blackburn has moved a step closer. 

A housing development which will offer a lifeline to low-income families and struggling first-time buyers in Blackburn has moved a step closer. 

Blackburn with Darwen Council Executive Board approved the disposal of land to affordable housing provider Together Housing Group and Countryside Homes to enable the development of 600 homes on land around Highercroft in the Fishmoor Drive area. 

The development, which will be the most ambitious since the creation of Blackburn with Darwen Council as a Unitary Authority in 1998, will include properties for affordable rent and shared ownership via Together Housing Group, as well as homes for outright sale by Countryside Homes. 

The scheme – developed in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council – will eventually cover 48 acres across four sites and will be a key site for hospital workers, families and young people to come into the area. 

In the first phase, there will be 380 homes on three sites off Roman Road and Fishmoor Drive, near to Royal Blackburn Hospital. A fourth site off Fishmoor Drive is earmarked for development at a later date and will add more than 200 homes to the area. 

Together Housing will provide 57 homes for affordable rent and 18 for shared ownership/rent to buy on the initial three sites.  

Tony Ward, Head of new Business at Together Housing, said: “We held a public consultation meeting to present local people with indicative development plans to regenerate the Fishmoor Estate area. The plans are still subject to planning approval but, if approved, we hope to deliver a significant amount of regeneration, new build homes and much needed additional housing options to local people.” 

Councillor Phil Riley, the Council’s Executive member for Growth and Development, said: “I am absolutely delighted. This is a very exciting development which will bring more than 600 new homes to the borough available with a variety of tenures from affordable and private rent through shared ownership to private sale.  

“Our officers have worked very hard with Together and Countryside to bring this joint venture forward.  

“It confirms the borough as a place where the private sector wants to invest.”  

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