A run-down estate has been demolished to make way for a £5.2 million ‘affordable housing’ scheme.
Contour Housing Group has received planning consent to build 29 new family homes on Within Grove in Huncoat as part of a joint regeneration project with Hyndburn Homes.
The 22 dilapidated and derelict homes already on the site have been torn down with new semi-detached and terrace properties expected to be complete by next year.
Huncoat councillor Dave Parkins described the proposals as a ‘fresh start’ for the area.
He said: "The houses have been demolished and I look forward to the new ones going up to improve the area.
"What they need to do is make sure they put the right people in.
"They are putting a lot of money in so they need to make sure they vet them right and make sure they dot the Is and cross the Ts.
"We have had it as a troublesome estate for years and years. I am happy for them to go ahead and I can’t see it being a problem.
"Let’s get them up as soon as possible."
The new estate would be made up of two, three and four bedroom houses with parking provision for two cars per property.
The houses will be let and managed by Hyndburn Homes for ‘affordable rent’ and have received grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
A spokesperson for Contour Housing Group said the development follows on from the refurbishment of existing properties on the estate together with improvements to the external landscaping and environment.
Five additional bungalows have also been built where the demolished shopping parade and maisonette block used to be at the entrance to the estate.
The spokesperson added: "The investment will ensure a sustainable future for the estate.
"The regeneration also includes a community facility for local people and a number of properties are being provided with retrofit renewable technology to provide the Association with some sustainable technology experience."
The plans follow the revamp of public areas on the estate and the creation of the Huncoat Greenway, a cycle route from the estate into Accrington, by the county council.