Regeneration work to begin in Accrington
5th Dec 2012
Two hundred empty homes will be refurbished in the Woodnook area of Accrington, as part of a new regeneration project.
The work is part of a joint venture between Manchester-based developer PlaceFirst and housing association Twin Valley Homes, and aims to address the growing number of empty properties in the area.
Many of the terraced properties will be turned into three or four-bedroom homes, with the council hoping to make the area more appealing to families.
Claire Pritchard, deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, explained: "It's just the type of housing that causes the problem in Hyndburn, there is not the call for 'two-up, two-down' that there used to be.
"We wanted to do something different and allow families - maybe a bigger family - to remain in an area they are committed to."
The project was initially delayed when a deal between the council and the owner of two remaining properties fell through, prompting the council to place two compulsory purchase orders.
Work will begin in Augusta Street and Booth Street, and will be funded in part with a £2.5 million loan from the Homes and Communities Agency under its Get Britain Building Programme.
Posted by Staff Writer: Ewan Robertson
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