The redevelopment of the Griffin area to provide 140 new homes was only made possible by funding of £670,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Land Release Fund.
Denise Park, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said of the Griffin redevelopment project: "There was very little developer interest for the site due to the high remediation costs making redevelopment unviable. The clearance site was unlikely to be brought forward in the short term without public sector financial support".
A case study of the project can be found here: https://www.local.gov.uk/development-griffin-regeneration-area
Blackburn with Darwen also received £32,000 for Newfield Development Area and £35,000 for Fishmoor Drive, meaning that the Council received £737,000 in total.
The £45m Land Release Fund was announced by the then Housing Minister Dominic Raab in 2018 to help build the new homes our country desperately needs. It has helped unlock brownfield sites for development which is very welcome, especially compared to Blackburn with Darwen's usual preference for developing greenfield sites.
It is great to see Blackburn - in particular Mill Hill & Moorgate, Blackburn Central and Blackburn South East wards - reaping the rewards of a Conservative government.