Homes to be demolished on old Lancashire council housing estate

Homes are set to be demolished on an old council housing estate in Lancashire. A Social housing provider is set to knock down two more properties in the area.

The houses are on Staffa Crescent in Shadsworth, Blackburn, and the demolitions are part of a £20 million makeover of the 1950’s development. In November Together Housing Group has been given approval by Blackburn with Darwen Council to knock down 26 properties on the street.

They are numbers 1 to 17, 25 to 35, 4, and 8 to 26 Staffa Crescent. Now it has applied for permission to demolish numbers 6 and 19 Staffa Crescent.


A covering letter to planners says: “Together Housing Group is intending to demolish the existing buildings to facilitate the potential future works on the site. “The site is located on Staffa Crescent on the Shadsworth estate and consists of two homes across a 0.1 mile stretch of road, totalling approximately 0.7 hectares of land bounded by the junctions north and south where Lamlash Road intersects with Staffa Crescent.

“Neighbouring homes will be informed of the demolition works, residents access requirements will be fulfilled as far as possible without compromising their safety. The site supervisor will visit neighbouring properties to discuss the works ahead of their commencement.

“The best practical means will be employed to minimise the noise and vibrations produced by the demolition operations within the site. Consideration has been given in respect of neighbouring properties in order to prevent possible impacts to amenity as a consequence of demolition.

“Demolition works will take place between 08:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday and between 09:00 and 13:00 on Saturdays. No works will be completed outside of these times, on Sundays or on Public Holidays. All buildings will be stripped of all recyclable components, such as timber, plastics, and glass in advance of any demolition works progressing.

“Where possible, waste material will be re-used on-site, any materials unsuitable for re-use will be loaded onto waggons and removed to licensed disposal premises. Following the completion of the demolition, the disturbed ground will be levelled and compacted flat.

Together Housing is also knocking down two other groups of properties – the former Gleneagles scheme in Shadsworth and 48 homes the neighbouring Whitebirk Estate. Frances Clarke, assistant director for place shaping at Together Housing said in November: “As part of our investment into the Shadsworth estate, we are planning works that respond to the needs residents highlighted as most important to them.

“As well as investment in new buildings, this includes improvements to parks, green spaces, and public areas.”