Green space hope as empty Nelson homes get set for demolition
RESIDENTS in the Bradley area of Nelson are set to benefit from green space when a block of empty houses is demolished.
Pendle Council wants to knock down two blocks of housing in Regent Street and replace it with open land, as well as refurbish another block in the street.
Councillors will be asked to agree the plans on September 19.
Coun Joe Cooney, who leads on housing regeneration for the council, said: “It’s vital we sort out the problems we have with vacant houses on this busy route through Bradley, now that funding for this kind of work has dried up.
“Councillors will look at three options to see how we can best improve the neighbourhood. These empty blocks in Bradley can be transformed with some better housing and landscaped open green space which the area badly needs.”
Other options councillors will consider are demolishing all three blocks and landscaping the site, or leaving all three blocks standing and trying to find a developer who can refurbish the empty homes.
Coun Mohammed Iqbal, Bradley ward councillor, said: “This area has been affected by the withdrawal of Government funding in the Housing Marketing Renewal programme.
“It’s important that it is regenerated to improve the area for the community. I’m looking forward to the problem of these vacant properties being sorted out.”
Demolishing the two blocks and creating a new green space in its place would cost the council £84,000, while a private sector developer is sought to refurbish the final block on the street.
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