Great Places already owns 79 houses at Foxhall Village. Credit: Great Places

Great Places to finish stalled £50m Blackpool scheme

The housing association has submitted an application for 67 homes on a plot within Foxhall Village that was left empty following the collapse of Hollinwood Homes in 2019. 

Hollinwood Homes, part of the wider Marcus Worthington Group, appointed administrators in 2019 having completed fewer than half of the 400 homes it proposed at the £50m Foxhall Village. 

Now, Great Places Housing Association, working under an exclusivity agreement with Blackpool Council, is forging ahead with revised plans for phase three of Foxhall Village. 

The housing provider, which already owns 79 houses at Foxhall Village, is working with consultancy Cassidy + Ashton to deliver a 100% affordable housing development comprising 64 houses and three apartments. 

The homes are to be delivered on a rectangular site bounded by Blundell Street, Tyldesley Road, Rigby Road and Princess Street. The site, which was cleared in 2013, abuts a completed portion of Foxhall Village to the east. 

Hollinwood won approval for the redevelopment of the same plot in 2019 but went bust before work could start. Great Places’ proposals differ from the earlier plans for the site, which were for 59 houses and 15 apartments. 

Helen Spencer, executive director of growth at Great Places, said: “As a long-term owner and investor in Foxhall Village, we continue to seek solutions to deliver what is a complex and difficult site but of key importance to the town. 

“The complexities of getting the project to this stage have been extremely challenging and we would like to acknowledge the support of the council and our consultants in developing these proposals to complete the final phase of this landmark development.” 

Elsewhere, Great Places is currently consulting on plans to build 150 homes on Green Belt land in Heald Green.

The other part of the Foxhall Village site left undeveloped following Hollinwood’s collapse is earmarked to be turned into community accessible sports pitches, as well as supporting Blackpool Football Club’s ambitions for a new east stand at Bloomfield Road. 

Blackpool Council took control of Foxhall Village last year after reaching an agreement with administrator PwC. 

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