The city council wants to deliver 13,000 homes over the next 15 years, including the first 1,200 at Bailrigg Garden Village and a further 1,000 homes at Cuckoo Farm between Ridge Lea and Lancaster Farms Prison.
Leader Paul Foster admitted “significant failings” in the council governance in recent years, including a flawed costing and tender process for Leyland’s £24m leisure centre, and promised to “put things right”.
The council is expected to approve two residential developments this week, the latest phase of Kingswood Homes’ Green Hills neighbourhood south-west of Blackburn, and Landway Properties’ scheme off Ramsgreave Drive, north of the town centre.
Council leaders have agreed in principle to explore a combined authority for the county, to address issues such as transport and inward investment and give it greater clout in Whitehall funding decisions.
Several towns and cities plan to tap into the Government’s latest offer of funding to progress property and infrastructure schemes, with council-led partnerships in Blackpool, Wyre, Cheshire and Warrington among those readying bids.
Forth Homes is seeking approval for 83 affordable homes on the site of a former poultry farm, while used-vehicle dealer T&T Contracts wants to build an HGV trailer park as part of plans to redevelop 13.5 acres of agricultural land east of Simonswood.
The council is building a strategy for how it would invest up to £25m from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Towns Fund intended to ‘level up’ the regions, and is seeking input from businesses and residents.