Regeneration scheme targets rundown seaside resort

A run down part of Morecambe will be transformed into a sustainable housing development as a major regeneration scheme gets under way in North West England, with house-builders now sought for the project.

The 'West End' of the rundown seaside resort is to get a £15m makeover, with 100 quality homes to go up around a new garden area in an area dominated by former guesthouses that have seen better days and are now occupied by multiple tenants, many of them unemployed.

The council of nearby Lancaster has targeted Morecambe as an area in dire need of regeneration for some time.

The West part of the town, with its tightly packed, rundown houses inhabited by a transient population and a lack of green space, has been designated a Housing renewal area and benefited from funds associated with this status.

The project is managed by the national regeneration agency English Partnerships. Paul Spooner, the agency's regional director for the North West and West Midlands, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for a developer with vision to help remodel the area and set high urban design and quality standards for future redevelopment of Morecambe to follow.

"There is a real gap in terms of providing quality family housing so it's important that this imbalance is redressed."

Councilor Janice Hanson said: "The regeneration of Morecambe is a priority for the council. The town has a lot to offer with its stunning seaside location, it's in close proximity to the city of Lancaster and the national motorway network, and it offers easy access to the Lake District.

"By increasing the range of housing choice we will attract more people to live permanently in the area and make the town more sustainable."

Goska Romanowicz



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