Bank Hey Masterplan
The scheme would see the construction of more than 300 homes by 2026

Blackburn seeks green light for Bank Hey

Dan Whelan

The council has been asked to sign off a masterplan to develop 600 homes on more than 100 acres between Heys Lane and Bog Height Road in Earcroft, south of the town centre.

Prepared by planning and architecture consultancy Cass Associates, the masterplan proposes that half of those homes could be delivered by 2026, subject to approvals. 

The development would be made up of eight clusters of houses, delivered across four phases by three different housebuilders, separated by green space and connected by foot and cycle paths. 

The first phase would see the delivery of 355 units, according to the masterplan, with a further 100 in phase two. Phases three and four would comprise 40 and 115 units, respectively. 

Section 106 contributions totalling £7.3m would be sought for highways improvements and a new primary school at Gib Lane. 

Owned by five different parties, the land is allocated for housing development under Blackburn’s local plan. 

Three families own the majority of the site, while the remainder, two small portions to the north west, is owned by Blackburn with Darwen Council and Lancashire County Council.

LeaHough is the chartered surveyor for the project and SCP is advising on transport. 

A report to the council executive said: “The masterplan has been prepared collaboratively with the landowners to guide the layout and form of new housing development on the site.

“It seeks to create a high quality, distinctive neighbourhood, identifying spatial principles for land use, transport, design and green infrastructure. 

“Fundamentally, it provides a structure to the development of the whole site and ensures that it is not brought forward in a piecemeal manner.” 

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Yet more excellent news from Blackburn with Darwen….their housing growth is very significant…..benefit of a progressive local plan aimed at regeneration of the towns

By George

Is that land not the old tip

By Paul

Extending urban sprawl is not “regeneration”, it’s basic property development. Most of these places are heavily car dependent and devoid of crucial local amenities such as shops, cycle lanes, social infrastructure and the houses are usually your standard small, flimsy boxes.

By Cynic

It is regeneration it brings in more families , so helping shops and so employment, maintains population so helps schools, brings in extra council tax and new homes bonus to support public services , keeps skilled and ambitious people to stay in the area which means the area has a balanced population not just lots of deprivation .it also looks a spacious well designed project with lots of open space

By George

George, you wouldn’t by any chance work for any of these developers, planners, council etc !!!

By Cynic2

It takes away more of Blackburn’s green space, adds more traffic to a majorly congested Road system, adds to the masses trying to get into the local schools of which there is 1 local secondary… Its just another way our council is trying to get money. We have plenty of houses in this area with many more that are being built at the moment. We don’t need them but the council wants more money so I guess it will be a done deal and the local residents will have to deal with the consequences

By Mike Counsell

i live right in the middle of this area what a good idea this is heys lane from farmes row up is a dump speeding cars no footpaths poor roads poor access i welcome the development

By alan pickering