A derelict former children’s home which has blighted a neighbourhood for decades is set to be bulldozed to make way for affordable housing for local people.

Chorley Council bought the house, on Thirlmere Road, following years of complaints from nearby residents and unsuccessful talks with the building’s owners to improve its condition.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “This house has been allowed to deteriorate for years since it closed as a children’s home but because it wasn’t in a dangerous condition nor a threat to people’s health, we had no powers to force the owners to improve its condition.

“However, something needed to be done with it because one of our main priorities is to improve local areas for residents. Now we own the building and we’ve put the contract to demolish it out to tender.”

The council’s aim is to ensure that local people benefit from the site, not just by improving the neighbourhood for nearby residents, but also providing additional homes that would only be available for use by local people.

Coun Wilson added: “Once the site has been cleared we’ll make it available to Chorley Community Housing (CCH) as we’ve done with many small pockets of derelict land across the borough to provide affordable homes.

“They will build three two-bedroom bungalows, subject to planning permission. Although CCH would then administer the new homes, we would always be able to ensure that they are available only for local people.”

Richard Houghton, director of operations at CCH, said: “This is another excellent example of CCH working closely with Chorley Council to provide good quality, affordable homes for local people.”