1,000 Burnley homes have been bulldozed

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NEARLY 1,000 empty and derelict houses have been bulldozed in Burnley since the start of the Elevate housing programme.

Burnley Borough Council has produced a “balance sheet” of work done under the Housing Market Renewal Programme in recent years in some of the poorest parts of Burnley. Work included:

l The clearing of more than 940 vacant and derelict houses to make way for new housing which has been built in Burnley Wood, Stoneyholme and Daneshouse and South-West Burnley.

l More than 1,500 properties in the Elevate areas face-lifted to improve their appearance.

l The expected 15 year programme, started in 2003, has now been cancelled by the coalition government.

A spokesman for Burnley Council said: “All households and businesses in Burnley’s Elevate areas are to receive a newsletter about the work that’s been done through the scheme.

“The neighbourhood report from Burnley Council tells it like it is. We admit there are big challenges ahead with more work needed to regenerate our neighbourhoods, improve properties and boost the housing market.”

Burnley Council’s spokesman added that community facilities had been improved in each of the Elevate areas, and community groups supported.

“Looking ahead, we are committed to chasing every opportunity to bring further investment into the borough as a whole and priority neighbourhoods – whether through future government programmes, or private business investment.”