Blackburn to sign off Holden Fold masterplan
Blackburn with Darwen Council is to approve its strategy to deliver 430 homes on 50 acres south-east of Blackburn town centre.
Planning and design consultancy Cass Associates drew up the masterplan for the Holden Fold site, which is made up of agricultural fields and is the site of the former Darwen Moorland High School.
The school closed in 2008 and the buildings were demolished in 2016.
In September, the council launched a public consultation on the proposals for the site, which is designated for housing under the Blackburn with Darwen Local Plan.
The council received a total of 56 responses from statutory bodies, non-statutory bodies and members of the public.
Objections to the principle of developing on greenfield land, concerns relating to the increased traffic generated as a result of the development, and concerns over the loss of open space and impact on wildlife, were recorded during the four-week consultation.
The site is split into eight plots, owned by six different owners. Blackburn with Darwen Council owns three of the plots, around half of the total area.
The landowners “have been working collaboratively to prepare a masterplan which will guide the layout and form of new housing development on the site”, according to a report to the council’s executive, which meets on Thursday and is expected to sign off the masterplan.
In addition to housing, Square Meadow playing field to the south of the site and under council ownership could be enhanced as a result of any development, according to the masterplan.
Alongside the masterplan, an Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been prepared, which sets out the necessary infrastructure requirements for each phase of development and includes the creation of access points on Holden Fold, Moor Lane and Roman Road.
This site is one of five major housing allocations for Darwen in the local plan.