Public to quiz developers of Morecambe housing scheme

A hoarding hailing the arrival of the 'West End One' housing scheme in the Albert Road area.
A hoarding hailing the arrival of the 'West End One' housing scheme in the Albert Road area.

A public meeting will be held tomorrow night (May 27) about a new housing scheme in the West End of Morecambe.

Developers of the West End One project, PlaceFirst, will be holding a community information meeting at The Hothouse on Devonshire Road from 6pm to 8pm.

There will be a presentation and a chance for people to ask questions.

PlaceFirst have begun work on the £5.5m project, better known as Chatsworth Gardens.

The first phase of the work will see 29 empty former Victorian guesthouses converted into a mix of 51 houses and apartments surrounding a central landscaped courtyard.

The site is bounded by Regent Road, Chatsworth Road, Albert Road and Westminster Road.

People who live in neighbouring properties have been frustrated by a number of false starts for the scheme over a decade, which has allowed the houses to go to rack and ruin, attracting vandals and squatters.

But David Smith-Milne, managing director of Manchester-based PlaceFirst, said: “It’s great to see work starting on site and real change being delivered in the West End of Morecambe.”

Andrew Dobson, chief officer (regeneration) at Lancaster City Council, said: “The regeneration of Morecambe’s West End is a key priority for the council and it’s testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes that we have secured a development partner of the quality of PlaceFirst to deliver this scheme.

“We now have the opportunity to make a real difference in both changing the perception of the West End and also its attractiveness to families as a great place to live.”

Construction company Rowlinson aim to finish the first phase by July 2016, releasing the first homes for rent in December 2015.

The courtyard will be framed by private gardens and will provide limited off-road parking for tenants.

The rear yards and extensions will be demolished to make way for the courtyard.

David Morris, MP for Morecambe said: “It’s being done at last, and that’s all I care about.”

Marian Roberts, on The Visitor Facebook page, said at news of the work starting: ”Good, it’s been an eyesore for too long.”