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Housing estate to replace old factory in Bamber Bridge

A Bamber Bridge dairy that closed down eight years ago is to be turned into a new housing estate.

The former Arla Foods site on School Lane will make way for 209 homes, 42 of which are deemed to be affordable, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.

Plans to regenerate the area have been in the pipeline for two years, but official approval has only been recently accepted.

Construction workers will set about transforming the factory into 84 four-bedroom homes, 56 three-bedroom semi-detached houses, as well as 38 two and three-bedroom terraces.

Persimmon Homes Lancashire is behind the project and it is thought that more than £300,000 will be spent on open space areas that the public can use.

Only four local residents objected to the plans and councillor Dave Watts, who represents the Bamber Bridge East ward, told the news provider it is good to see some affordable properties being built.

"This has been in the pipeline for some time and is one of those rare developments that most people seem to be happy with," he was quoted as saying.

"I don't know about Bamber Bridge needing more housing, but if we have to have more housing, this is the right place to have it."

The government has been keen to see more new houses being built across the UK and has emphasised the need to rejuvenate derelict sites that have stood empty for years.

By transforming old factories, mills and other properties into houses, flats and apartments, councils are essentially killing two birds with one stone by removing old eyesores that may attract rats and other pests and making the property market more competitive at the same time.

The government has factored this into its New Homes Bonus initiative, as local authorities will receive a reward for bringing 13,000 empty properties back into use.

By the end of the 2013/14 financial year, the scheme will have paid out an incredible £1.3 billion. 

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