The bulldozers have moved in on a block of flats in Grange as plans for a new scheme of affordable homes are underway.
Demolition of the flats in Yew Tree Avenue and Fir Tree Avenue marks the first stage in a £2.9m project which will see 34 new affordable homes built on the site.
The plans, which are partially funded by the Homes and Communities Agency through the Government’s Affordable Homes programme 2011-2015, aim to see the site developed by Spring 2015.
Residents, community groups and Grange Primary School have been consulted on the development in a bid to give communities greater say in the way their neighbourhoods are developed.
A spokesman for Community Gateway Association (CGA) said: “This has been an exciting time for the community who have been involved in the decision not only of the demolition but also about the homes replacing them.”
The first stage of the plans sees the flats in Yew Tree Avenue demolished to make way for seven family homes.
There will be a row of four, two-bedroomed mews homes and a row of three houses with a path separating the houses to enable individual access to the rear gardens.
A further set of four, two-bedroomed homes will be built in Rowan Avenue as part of the same scheme to provide quality accommodation for those on low incomes.
This is the latest in a series of demolition works undertaken by CGA since it took over the housing stock from Preston Council in November 2005.
In 2007, 28 boarded-up, trouble-hit flats in the Crummock Road area were removed and the former sheltered housing complex, Deepdale House in Peel Hall Street, was flattened in 2008.