‘Turn back time’ houses go forward

Chatsworth Gardens.
Chatsworth Gardens.

Empty houses used by the BBC to film ‘Turn Back Time’ in Morecambe’s West End are to be renovated in a £5.5m scheme.

The houses on Albert Road used to film the 2012 series which featuredthree families living in different eras, are to be regenerated by empty homes developer Place First.

The scheme to remodel and refurbish 28 empty Victorian properties will create 51 new apartments and houses.

The empty Victorian properties had formerly been used as guest houses and were the subject of a failed regeneration scheme that was approved in 2008 and involved demolition of the homes, but which was abandoned in 2010.

Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for Economic Regeneration, said: “Lancaster City Council is delighted that this project has taken a positive step forward and secured planning permission.

“The project has faced significant challenges and the council has worked hard to procure a developer to deliver a scheme which will make such a positive contribution to the West End.”

David Smith-Milne, managing director of PlaceFirst, said: “We want to preserve everything that’s good about the large Victorian properties, whilst at the same time bring them into the 21st Century.”

Construction work is due to begin in May 2014.