Go-ahead given to clear derelict gateway to Burnley
AN eyesore gateway into the centre of Burnley looks set to be finally cleared after approval was gained from Whitehall.
Several delays have held up the demolition of a rundown block of properties at the top of Accrington Road, as part of the regeneration of south-west Burnley.
Former shops and takeaways along the parade have been boarded-up for the best part of a decade – and a serious fire ripped through the block in 2009.
But now the government has given the go-ahead for the adoption of a compulsory purchase order, meaning the Accrington Road row can be pulled down.
Coun Howard Baker, executive member for housing, said in a report: “Following this we are hopeful that the remaining empty and boarded up terraces there can be demolished in the coming months.”
And Coun Tony Martin, who represents Trinity ward, especially welcomed the forthcoming demolition of the Accrington Road block.
He added: “This has been run-down, derelict and awful mess and we have been trying to get it pulled down for some time.”
Council housing partner Keepmoat has already constructed a series of new houses, along the same corridor, offering an alternative to the neighbourhood’s traditional ‘two-up, two-down’ terraces.
Several other sites behind the affected block will also be razed – including properties in Perth Street and Hargher Street. Land from part of Tay Street to Smirthwaite Street, and back to Howard Street and Venice Street, is also covered.
The order also confirms the acquisition of plots on the other side of Accrington Road, including properties in Burdett Street and Harcourt Street, and land on Cog Lane from Jockey Street to Cowpe Street.
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