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Together Housing explores Roman Road

Together Housing explores Roman Road

THA logoTogether Housing Group will be exploring the possibility of developing new housing in Blackburn after being awarded £85,000 from the Government’s Estate Regeneration Fund.

The money will be used for a feasibility study in the Roman Road area to look at options for residential development on land owned by Together Housing Association and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council at Fishmoor Drive. 

The study, which will involve discussions with the local community, will examine different options for the sites, revising the current master plan, site investigations and submission of a planning application.

The money is part of the £32million Estate Regeneration Fund investment program announced by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, which will see 105 estates benefit from the funding nationally.  The fund aims to speed up early-stage regeneration schemes, help address project hold ups and give local authorities access to skills to ensure high-quality regeneration.

Hilary Brady, Together Housing Group Head of Development, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this money so we can explore new development possibilities in Blackburn.

“We’re already making significant investments into the borough so being able to explore new possibilities is good news for the community and the economy alike.”

The Estate Regeneration funding will also complement the recent capacity funding the Council has secured to further develop proposals for the South East Blackburn Housing Zone area which incorporates the Fishmoor Drive/Highercroft area. The capacity funding will be used to fund resources for project management and to carry out a number of intrusive ground investigations on key housing sites within the Housing Zone. 

Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said that the funding was good news for Blackburn: “We are pleased that the Government has recognised that more needs to be done to boost regeneration and generate new housing opportunities to further strengthen our borough as a place where people want to live, work and visit.

“The funding will allow us, in these early stages, to work with residents and key partners such as Together Housing Group to explore ways in which we can improve the area.”

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