The council intends to exercise compulsory purchase powers to acquire the final two properties within the Griffin regeneration zone to advance its redevelopment into 140 homes.
Since 2008, Blackburn with Darwen Council has acquired 163 properties in the Mill Hill area south-west of Blackburn through agreements with owners.
The council has started demolishing the terraced properties, clearing the site for the construction of modern affordable housing as part of a two-phase project to be delivered by the authority’s preferred contractor Seddon Partnerships.
Last February, Blackburn with Darwen Council granted planning approval for the first phase, comprising 52 affordable homes across 3.7 acres around Hancock Street, to be managed by housing association Great Places once complete.
However, the larger second phase, which spans 5.5-acres around East Street, has so far been prevented from advancing because the council has been unable to reach an agreement with the owners of two properties on Hardman Street to the south of the plot.
As a result, the authority plans to acquire the properties by using compulsory purchase powers, having exhausted all other options, it says.
Failure to take the Hardman Street properties under council ownership could impact the viability of the wider scheme and “will adversely affect the regeneration plans for the area”, according to a council report.
Plans for the 85-home second phase are due to be submitted this spring.