Foxhall Village, the £50million regeneration and housing project in Blackpool, has welcomed its 100th residents.
The Stubbs-Bronsons have collected the keys to the Hayward, a three bedroom property named after Blackpool FC legend Eric Hayward.
Ben, 27, from Morecambe, and Garry 41, from the Peak District, were married in a ceremony in the town and have now bought their first house together, relishing the chance to get on the property ladder.
The development is being delivered by Hollinwood Homes, in partnership with Blackpool Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Great Places Housing Group, with 400 new homes being built and the creation of a new community. Nexus Planning advised Hollinwood Homes on the planning process.
Designed by international architecture firm, Broadway Malyan, the surrounding area is also undergoing a series of improvements as part of the wider regeneration plans.
Rik Faircloth, development manager at Hollinwood Homes, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Ben and Garry to Foxhall Village. This is a real milestone, reflecting the impact the project has had on the area since it began.
“The couple are a perfect example of how affordable and accessible these properties are, enabling people to achieve the dream of owning their own home, which is modern, high quality, energy efficient and in a central location.”
Garry said: “We love Blackpool and the surrounding area. Our new home is in such close proximity to the seafront, as well as a cinema, restaurants and other amenities, and we’re excited to be a part of a brand new community being created around us.
“After having rented for several years, we never dreamed we’d be able to get on the property ladder, so Foxhall Village has been the perfect opportunity. One of the things we love about our house is how unique it is, different to any housing development we’ve seen before.”
Rhian Stratton, associate at Nexus Planning, said: “This is a fantastic project to be delivering and we are delighted that phase two is underway. The fact that the 100th home is now occupied is testament to the innovative approach and design quality of the scheme. Pleasingly, a lot of locals are buying property here and are supportive of the continued regeneration in the area, representing a hugely positive development for the local community.”
Foxhall Village collected the most innovative scheme award at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Planning Achievement Awards in 2015.
It has also been shortlisted for a RICS North West 2016 award in the regeneration category.