Countryside and its partners, Together Housing Group and Sigma Capital, celebrated the completion of the first homes in the historic Brookfield Vale development in the Higher Croft area of Blackburn.
The organizations were joined by representatives from Blackburn with Darwen Council, to celebrate the first completions on a site that has long been earmarked by the council for redevelopment.
Mark Hadfield, Managing Director, Merseyside and Cheshire West, Countryside, said: “I am incredibly proud of Countryside’s history of regenerating areas and building communities. With this latest development, we are meeting Blackburn’s housing needs while breathing life into a once neglected part of town.
“This highly accessible and sustainable community will be a fantastic addition to the region, and I am delighted to celebrate the first completions with partners who have been instrumental in getting us to where we are today.”
Councilor Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn and Darwen Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see the first residents moving into these quality new homes. This project is a great example of what working in partnership can accomplish: a lot of hard work and dedication. stepped in through Countryside, Together Housing, Sigma and Blackburn with Darwen Council officers to move these sites forward and it already looks impressive.
“As a council, we are committed to improving the quality of homes in our borough and projects like these are fundamental to helping achieve that goal while providing affordable options. We hope to see more homes soon being completed and the installation of a new play park which will be well used by the community.”
377 homes are planned for the land by Fishmoor Drive and Roman Road. The development is being built on three plots of land, all of which were once disused brownfields.
The site is a mixed development of two, three and four bedroom units, with 20% of the 377 units earmarked to provide affordable housing through Together Housing Group. A further 154 homes will be available for rent, managed by provider PRS Sigma Capital Group, under their Simple Life Homes build-to-let brand. The remaining 154 homes will be designated for sale on the open market.
The area has been sparsely populated and underused since the turn of the millennium, when a number of municipal properties were demolished. In addition to providing much-needed housing, Brookfield Vale will breathe new life into the area and boost the local economy during these difficult times. Countryside has also pledged to invest £395,000 in local education initiatives as part of the project.
Hilary Brady, Director of Development, Together Housing Group, added: “The regeneration of Fishmoor sites is a project that Together Housing is proud to carry out alongside Countryside and our other partners. We have worked in partnership with Countryside and Blackburn with Darwen Consulting for many years to ensure that we deliver on this together.
“The project has only been made possible through the determination of all parties to ensure that it can be delivered as a viable project. The disused land has been brought back into use and we are delighted to see the first new homes to be completed.The project will benefit the region in many ways, providing affordable, high quality energy efficient homes, which will offer a good mix of tenure choices to meet a variety of housing needs , create employment opportunities and improve the appearance of the region.
Jason Berry, Regional Managing Director of Sigma Capital, said: “With a strong heritage in regeneration, we are delighted to launch our second development in the Blackburn area. We have worked closely with Countryside for over 15 years delivering thousands of homes. across the UK, particularly in areas which we believe lack high quality, professionally managed rental accommodation.
“Having experienced such demand in the North West region for Simple Life Homes, we are delighted to introduce Brookfield Vale to the region, which we know will meet the incredibly high standards of Blackburn residents.”