Housing bosses unveil revamp plans for Blackburn estate

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Chief Executive Kevin Ruth meeting residents on Whitebirk Estate, L-R  Kevin Ruth, Mic Halsall & John Gibson, Together Housing
Chief Executive Kevin Ruth meeting residents on Whitebirk Estate, L-R Kevin Ruth, Mic Halsall & John Gibson, Together Housing

AN investment has been pledged for a Blackburn estate - after work was promised for a fire-hit parade.

Bosses at Together Housing say they are undertaking surveys ahead of unveiling improvements in Whitebirk.

The announcement comes after confirmation earlier this year that demolition would begin on fire-damaged properties in Worcester Road.

And the housing association has already been in discussions with residents in Shadsworth about upgrading the outlook for the Blackburn district.

Association chiefs say they will be looking at landscaping, rethinking public spaces and looking at building new homes in Whitebirk.

This would be carried out in partnership with Place Capital Group, which is a collaborator on the Shadsworth overhaul.

Kevin Ruth, Together's chief executive, said: “(We) want to ensure residents live in great places.

"Like Shadsworth, Whitebirk has a real sense of community but also has some infrastructure opportunities so we feel now is the time to invest some significant money to ensure it is a brilliant place to live now and in the future.

"We’ve asked Place Capital Group, which has experience working across the north, to lead on the consultation and design.”

David Smith-Milne, Chief Executive of Place Capital Group, added: "Historically Whitebirk has been seen as a great place to live.

"However problems with street parking, narrow ginnels and the lack of a focused hub are just some of the opinions we’re hearing from residents."

Staff at Place are now gathering residents' views before discussing options with design experts.

It hasa been confirmed the work will start with the bulldozing of fire-damaged properties on Worcester Road - before surveys are carried out to see what improvements residents would like to see across the estate.

Neighbours can take part in the consultation by calling the Whitebirk team at Together Housing on 0300 555 5560.