Work to start on Burnley's 'gateway route'

Work to start on Burnley's 'gateway route'

Work to start on Burnley's 'gateway route'

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

LONG-delayed demolition work for one of Burnley’s ‘gateway’ routes is now finally under way after years of campaigning.

An arson-hit block on Accrington Road has tormented borough council regeneration chiefs for nearly five years. But the wreckers have been called in after a compulsory purchase order was finally signed last August to bulldoze the parade, once homes to houses, a number of takeaways and a cycle shop.

An original planning permission to build 111 homes by borough housing development partner Keepmoat, as part of a wider south-west Burnley regeneration initiative, was approved in June 2011, incorporating land bounded by Accrington Road, Smirthwaite Street, Howard Street and Perth Street.

Other remaining properties in Perth Street, Hargher Street and Burdett Street will also be razed as part of the project, with 27 properties going in total. Coun Howard Baker, the borough council’s housing and environment cabinet member, who also represents Trinity ward, where the properties are located, said: “This is good news for nearby residents and the area as a whole.

“It’s part of a wider programme of regeneration in south-west Burnley to create good quality, reasonably-priced new homes in a thriving community.”

Fire ripped through the Accrington Road block in 2009 and the properties have latterly been surrounded by fencing for security reasons.

Keepmoat has already finished earlier phases of the scheme, with new family homes fronting Accrington Road and a sprawling estate created opposite on land between the route and the M65.

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5:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Trinitylad says...

At last good to see the back of those disgusting looking houses, maybe the council should force some of the shops in particular the Taxi office across the road to smarten up.....
At last good to see the back of those disgusting looking houses, maybe the council should force some of the shops in particular the Taxi office across the road to smarten up..... Trinitylad
  • Score: 10

8:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

zabby says...

You can keep regenerating the same areas over and over again,until the landlords stop housing problem families with no values we will be regenerating the area again,just like in duke bar ,and danceshouse some properties have had 3 grants over the years whilst the landlord owners live it up
You can keep regenerating the same areas over and over again,until the landlords stop housing problem families with no values we will be regenerating the area again,just like in duke bar ,and danceshouse some properties have had 3 grants over the years whilst the landlord owners live it up zabby
  • Score: 6

11:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

rumblesteveskin says...

The buildings being demolished around that area have stood for between 130 - 200 years, those new builds will look dreadful in 10 years and be another problem ghetto, but it's what the Council wants and they get what they deserve.

Interesting it is always, always KEEP MOAT and Barnfield, can nobody else build anything or submit a tender??
The buildings being demolished around that area have stood for between 130 - 200 years, those new builds will look dreadful in 10 years and be another problem ghetto, but it's what the Council wants and they get what they deserve. Interesting it is always, always KEEP MOAT and Barnfield, can nobody else build anything or submit a tender?? rumblesteveskin
  • Score: 3

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