A DILAPIDATED area of Brierfield is to be transformed by 12 new family homes.

PEARL2, a joint venture company between Pendle Council and Barnfield Investment Properties, has announced it plans to build new houses off Holden Road in Brierfield.

The mixture of three, four and five bedroom semi-detached and detached houses with gardens and off street parking, will be built on the land which was cleared of terraced houses in 2009.

Coun Tony Beckett, the Council's Executive member for Housing Regeneration, said: “I’m delighted with the unveiling of these new housing plans for this cleared site.

“The new family housing with gardens will bring a new housing offer to the canal corridor area of Brierfield.”

All the houses will be for private sale, except for the smaller three bedroom houses. These will be offered as affordable housing.

Some of the houses will also be bought by residents whose homes are affected by demolition and who want to stay in the area.

Gareth Smith, Head of Regeneration at Barnfield Investment properties, said: “We hope that work on building the new houses could start on site in the New Year, with the site remediation work starting first. This will depend on planning permission and securing development funding."

The front of the houses will be built in natural stone, with contrasting render. And they’ll have a contemporary twist with the use of feature double height windows and glass ‘Juliette’ balconies.

The planning application will be reported to Brierfield and Reedley Committee on December 6.

The final reccomendation on planning consent will be delegated to the Council’s Director after the end of the public consultation period on December 9.