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Council’s £100,000 plan to demolish eyesore building

Ward councillors and residents celebrate plans to demolish the former children's home

Ward councillors and residents celebrate plans to demolish the former children's home

 

A former children’s home, which has been derelict for decades, is set to be bought by Chorley Council to provide affordable housing.

The privately-owned house, on Thirlmere Road, Chorley, would be demolished and the land “gifted” to Chorley Community Housing.

Subject to planning permission, they would build three two-bedroom bungalows there.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “This house has blighted this area for years. It has been made secure since it closed as a children’s home, but has been allowed to deteriorate and is in such a state that it’s never likely to be renovated.

“We’ve had loads of complaints about it from residents, and we’ve been talking to the owners for some time to try and get them to improve its condition.

“The total cost to us of buying the house and getting it demolished would be around £100,000, but for that investment we would get three new affordable homes built for local people.

Ward councillor, Tony Gee, added: “We’ve had so many complaints about this derelict property from residents who’ve had to put up with this eyesore right on their doorstep for so long, so I’m sure that they too will be pleased to see it demolished and the new homes built.”

 

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