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12.2011 >  CG News >  Work completes on £1.7m housing scheme and new park in Blackpool

Residents have moved into a new £1.7million affordable housing scheme in Blackpool complete with its own park and play area.

The development of 14 homes in Gateside Drive, Grange Park, marks the first new council housing scheme in the area for 25 years.

The homes, designed by Croft Goode Architects on behalf of Blackpool Borough Council, meet Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and feature a number of energy saving features, including solar powered heating systems and a sustainable timber frame construction.

As part of the scheme, developed following consultations with tenants, the adjacent park area has been fully refurbished with a modern play area for youngsters.

Mick Goode, director of Croft Goode Architects, said: “This is one of a number of new housing schemes we have been involved with in the Grange Park area. Each one has been developed following detailed consultation with local families and the council to ensure we deliver homes that meet local needs.”

The official opening of the park was celebrated by ward councillor and Blackpool Council cabinet member, Cllr Gillian Campbell, planting a tree on behalf of the community.

The park is situated just to the back of the new homes on Draycott Avenue and Gateside Drive. ‘Grange Park’ was chosen as a name for the park by the local community, as this was the name for the plot of land long before houses were built and the estate was given the same name.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Councillor for Park Ward and Cabinet Member for Housing: “We’ve done a lot of work with the local community and schools to design and discuss how the park could work best with them. I’m so happy that we can all now celebrate having this wonderful park for everybody to be proud of.

“Some of the recent developments in Grange Park show that we’re making real progress in improve the living conditions for everybody around here and in doing so are making it a better place to live for everyone.”

The park is designed to encourage natural play and imagination, with equipment such as an aerial zip wire and wooden climbing structure. The park and play area was designed by landscape architects TEP while groundwork was carried out by Carefoot and landscaping works by Caunce.