Sneak peek at Morecambe housing blueprint

How a West End One courtyard might look.
How a West End One courtyard might look.
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This artist’s impression shows how old terraced houses in the West End will be transformed into modern homes.

The pictures, released by developer PlaceFirst, shows how houses and flats in the ‘West End One’ development will be clustered around a central, landscaped courtyard.

Work is under way on the new housing scheme, formerly known as Chatsworth Gardens.

It aims to renovate 27 houses in the Albert Road and Chatsworth Road areas into one, two, three, and four bedroom homes.

The £5.5m project is the first phase of a two phase development that will see over 50 empty, former guesthouses transformed into family homes for private rent.

PlaceFirst began work on site in May and a spokesman said they would make the first homes available in January 2016.

Details of individual properties and rents are expected to be released in the autumn.

Potential customers can register their interest through the PlaceFirst website or calling 0161 434 4720.

David Smith-Milne, managing director of PlaceFirst said: “This development will raise the quality of private renting in Morecambe and breathe new life and confidence into the West End area of the town.

“The interest in West End One has been very encouraging, with over 140 registers of interest for 51 homes prior to launching a marketing campaign in the autumn”.

The scheme, first mooted in 2005, is finally on track after10 years of false starts and problems, which caused heartache for neighbouring residents as the houses fell into a state of disrepair.

Original developer Places for People pulled out in 2009, blaming the recession.

The Government then granted £1.9m in funding. Place First were signed up in 2013 by Lancaster City Council to deliver the scheme but further delays were caused by a 11th hour withdrawal of extra Government funding and legal wranglings.