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New homes for old hospital site
Blackburn Royal Infirmary
The former Blackburn Royal Infirmary site is being redeveloped
Plans for a major new housing development on the site of a former Lancashire hospital have been approved.

Blackburn with Darwen Council approved an application by Barratt Homes for 253 new homes to be built on the site of the Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

The development will involve the refurbishment of the war memorial building and the demolition of the remainder of the hospital.

The new 113m Royal Blackburn Hospital at Queen's Park opened last year.

This is an important gateway to the town and I am glad the area is finally being developed
Councillor Alan Cottam, Blackburn with Darwen Council

The development will form a major part of the transformation of the Infirmary area, which has been subject to housing clearance.

The new development is expected to take three years to create.

Under the proposal, the landmark Edwardian war memorial building, which commemorates those who died in the First World War, will be refurbished to provide 53 apartments.

Other parts of the hospital, which are in poor condition, will be replaced with 188 homes, while the car park off Pritchard Street will have one three storey block of 12 two-bedroom apartments.

Councillor Alan Cottam, executive member of regeneration, said: "This is an important gateway to the town and I am glad the area is finally being developed."

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