More Burnley Wood homes set for demolition

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SCORES of properties in Burnley Wood have been earmarked for demolition by Burnley Council.

Members of the council’s decision-making Executive agreed terraced houses in Branch Road, Hampden Street and Nuttall Street should be made subject to compulsory purchase orders, and then demolished.

The work is set to cost £410,000 and new homes are expected to be built on the cleared site.

The executive also gave authority to housing officers to buy further properties in the area to continue the work that is already underway to redevelop the area.

The council’s chosen developer Keepmoat plc is on site, building new homes to increase the mix of housing available.

The report to councillors states: “The new housing development will increase the local population and should help to maintain the viability of local shops and schools. The approval to make a compulsory purchase order will help to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the neighbourhood.”

Coun. Roger Frost, Executive member for planning and environment, said: “This is an important step for Burnley Wood because it confirms the council is following through on its promises.

“We said we would finish the work we had started on particular blocks and development sites and this is what we are doing here.”