A social housing provider has been granted planning permission to build a terrace of five new 'modular' homes as part of proposals to refresh a 'tired' and 'unkempt' former council estate.
Together Housing Group can now construct them on land at the corner of Brownlow Street on Blackburn's Shadsworth Estate. They will be factory-built 'modular homes' assembled on site.
The group has already won the go-ahead to build two three bed houses on Brodick Road and has applied for planning permission for a four property terrace on the corner of Shadsworth Road, Dunoon Drive. and Orkney Close. A report recommending approval with 24 conditions by Blackburn with Darwen Council planner Christian Barton says: "The application site is a piece of undeveloped land located within Blackburn, which previously part housed a garage colony.
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"The site is positioned off a residential cul-de-sac that branches from Shadsworth Road. This application involves the erection five 'affordable' dwellings arranged in a single terrace.
"The dwellings would be managed by a social landlord. Open plan living and kitchen areas would be formed on the ground floor with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
"Each dwelling would have its own dedicated parking area and gardens. Buff bricks would be used to finish the dwellings and they would be fitted with uPVC doors and windows.
"The proposals include retention of the footway that connects Brownlow Street with Tarbert Crescent. Ten off-street vehicle parking spaces are proposed, which is adequate for the proposed number of dwellings."
Built in the 1950's, the Shadsworth Estate is populated with a range of house types including two and three bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes. It is also home to two-storey maisonette flats, a park, schools, and a community and retail hub.
In a supporting statement with the application Together Homes said: "It is noted that the estate is not performing to its fullest potential, with litter and ageing properties adding to the feel of estate. Our intention is to bring in modern methods of modular construction into the new-build proposals in order to build homes quicker than traditional building practices.
"The proposal at Brownlow Street offers five new build, three bed homes on the vacant infill site currently occupied by disused garages. Improvements to the existing ginnel will be associated with the proposed site work."
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