BUILDING has finally started on a major new housing development on a suburban brownfield site.
Work has begun on transforming the site of the former Sappi Paper Mill site in Livesey Branch Road into 450 homes.
The Feniscowles development, known as ‘Watermills’, also includes four industrial units and a link road between Moulden Brow and Livesey Branch Road.
The first houses should be completed by the end of the year.
It was given planning permission by Blackburn with Darwen Council despite concerns over the felling of trees and its impact on nearby green land off Kingsley Close which has now been designated an Asset of Community Value.
Project manager John Gladwyn, from Amenbury Property said: “I am delighted that we have now commenced development at Watermills.
“The site is bounded by approximately 1.7 kilometres of canal and ancient woodland, with the River Roddlesworth running through one of the later phases.
” The development will provide a range of two to five bedroom houses built to a high specification.”
Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s growth boss, said: “The Watermills development will regenerate an old brownfield site and bring up to 450 new homes to the borough. In addition, the new road being built at the site will eventually help to alleviate traffic problems in the area too.”
Josh Paterson, director of the building contractors, Torpoint, added: “We have been preparing to start Watermills for many months and are now delighted to be onsite and are aiming for the first house to be completed before Christmas.”