Developer renews bid for Prom hotel

Planners will meet at Blackpool Town Hall to consider a bid for new hotel
Planners will meet at Blackpool Town Hall to consider a bid for new hotel
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A stalled bid to build a six-storey hotel on Blackpool seafront is back on the cards.

The scheme, for a site on the corner of the Promenade and West Street, secured outline planning permission back in 2010, subject to developers agreeing to pay money towards parking provision in the town centre.

But no deal was ever reached, and now councillors are being asked to approve the proposals without the financial contribution, known as a 106 agreement.

Out Rawcliffe-based businessman Edgar Wallace, who owns the site, says he hopes this will pave the way for 
investment.

He said: “I am looking to sell the site to a developer, and if there is not a 106 agreement in place it will make it more viable to potential investors.

“It is an ideal site for the scheme we are proposing, and it would also be good for Blackpool if it was redeveloped.”

Blackpool Council’s planning committee is being asked to approve the application on Monday.

The proposal is to demolish the existing buildings and replace them with a 66-bedroom hotel with a ground floor bar and a fifth floor restaurant and bar with a roof terrace.

A report to the committee says since the application was first lodged, car parking provision has increased in the town centre, and other hotel schemes have been approved which do not have their own car parks.

It adds: “This application proposes the demolition of the existing building, which is tired and out-dated, and the redevelopment of the site to provide modern hotel, restaurant and bar facilities.

“This section of Blackpool Promenade is considered to be the resort’s ‘shop front’, and proposals for high quality new developments are to be welcomed.”

Plans for a four-storey 119-bedroom hotel on the Promenade opposite Central Pier have recently been approved, despite that scheme not having its own parking.

Alan Jones, the architect behind the 119-bedroom proposals, said: “The owner currently has two high end hotel operators interested in acquiring and developing the site.

“I understand and appreciate the planning committee’s stance with regards to maintaining their policy of only approving new, high quality visitor attractions and accommodation, and I feel this has been achieved by our design.“

The council is also proposing to build a four-star hotel on the site of the St John’s car park on East Topping Street, in the Talbot Gateway, which would not have its own car park.