Countryside in line for Blackburn win 

The housebuilder, in collaboration with housing association Together Housing, wants to build 383 homes on 27 acres across three sites south of the town centre. 

Last March, the council sold the trio of plots to Together Housing, paving the way for the land to be redeveloped into housing.

Later that year, the housing association and developer Countryside Properties submitted an application for the scheme. 

The first site, north of Fishmoor Drive, would comprise 200 homes, while the second plot, to the south of Fishmoor Drive, would provide space for an additional 69 properties. 

A third site, between Roman Road and Fishmoor reservoir, would be redeveloped into a further 114 homes. 

The homes would be a mix of two, three- and four-bedroom properties. A total of 75 homes would be designated as affordable and 154 would be available for rent and managed by PRS provider Sigma Capital. 

The remaining 154 would be available for open market sale. 

Together Housing also owns a fourth, 21-acre, plot in the area and has plans in the pipeline to redevelop the site into a further 200 homes. 

The application is earmarked for approval by Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning committee, which meets this Thursday.

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Blackburn with Darwen council has just submitted it’s new local plan. There’s an incredible amount of development underway, or about to take place that’s transforming the town. The faster electrified train line to Manchester needs signing off and speeding up to capitalise on this though.

By Sam

Blackburn is growing fast …very progressive planning policies….but agree the electrification of the rail would be a great boost to the levelling up of the very deprived area of Pennine Lancashire. With great potential for economic growth …especially in manufacturing

By George

With regards to electrification big the railway in Blackburn…. Forget it, it’s not going to happen anytime this millennium. Blackburn is but a mere provincial town. And for people to keep banging on about said electrification is nothing short of pie in the sky. Blackburn is not even on the mainline. As for comparing Blackburn with Manchester… What a Joke that is. All I can say to who ever came up with that comparison, really needs to have their head examined.

By Michael Dickinson

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