112 flats plan for former Montague Health Centre in Blackburn

The Intelligent Design Centre team have successfully submitted plans to Blackburn with Darwen Council proposing to demolish the old Montague Health Centre in Oakenhurst Road, Blackburn.

The building, which dates back to the late 1960s, was put up for sale through property consultants Trevor Dawson in November last year with a guide price of £500,000. The centre closed in 2011 and was replaced by the £21m Barbara Castle Way Health Centre.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application reads: “The applicant has long standing roots within the community and has been a keen observer of the regeneration achieved by the council in recent times. The aspirational housing targets will continue that regeneration and wealth creation and further reinforce the cycle of improving neighbourhoods and increases in both retail and leisure/social offers.”

Borough regeneration boss, Cllr Phil Riley, said the application could be taken as further indication Blackburn is a town on the rise.

“The creation of this development is seen as being somewhat ground breaking for Blackburn and it will provide a modern housing solution to the educated young talent within the borough. Such housing offers are currently only available in the larger conurbations of Manchester and Liverpool. The applicant identified Blackburn as an exciting opportunity for investment.”

Originally published in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph