Celebrations took place in the Whitefield area of Nelson to mark the end of a decade-long improvement programme.
The event was attended by residents and councillors including Mayor of Pendle Coun. Nawaz Ahmed and Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council.
The event was organised by the council with support from Whitefield Community Forum, Liberata, Great Places and Pendle developer Barnfield Construction.
A linear park with trees and seating areas at the heart of Whitefield was officially opened by the Mayor who also cut the ribbon on Every Street, opening it up to traffic for the first time in years.
Coun. Iqbal said: “This will make Whitefield much better connected and no longer a cul-de-sac. We’ve been working with Lancashire County Council in the re-opening of Every Street. It’s what residents have been wanting for some time.”
Mr Tim Webber MBE, managing director of Barnfield, said: “This event marks the end of an historic chapter for Whitefield and the completion of a very ambitious project of which, as a Pendle contractor who has undertaken the renovation work on the houses, we’re very proud.”
Whitefield is a wonderful place to live and bring up a familyCouncillor Asjad Mahmood
Children took part in an eye-spy quiz around the conservation area while locals and would-be house buyers saw how the Victorian terraces have been transformed.
Whitefield councillor Asjad Mahmood said: “With a brand new £9m. infant and nursery school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, and beautifully restored heritage houses and newly built homes, Whitefield is a wonderful place to live and bring up a family!”
And Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, who lives and works in Whitefield said: “I’ve lived in Whitefield all my life! It’s a great neighbourhood! It’s so close to Nelson’s improved town centre and yet near Victoria Park, and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Whitefield also has stunning views of Pendle Hill.”
Pendle Council worked with Liberata and Barnfield Construction to design, renovate and refurbish terraced houses in Whitefield.
PEARL, the pioneering joint venture development company between Pendle Council and Barnfield Investment Properties completed 14 spacious new family friendly homes called Marsden Rise.
Stone-built two-bedroom terraces start at £72,000, rising to £124,950 for a four-bedroom house with the incentive of a 32in. flat screen TV if a house purchase is completed by November 31st.
Anyone interested in moving into the neighbourhood can also view homes at the council’s web gallery: www.pendle.gov.uk/whitefield