From back street to a historic walkway?

Owner Dave Wilcox outside the now closed Vogue nightclub

Owner Dave Wilcox outside the now closed Vogue nightclub

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Plans to turn a former nightspot into flats could help efforts to improve the look of a St Annes backstreet, according to business leaders.

An application has been submitted to Fylde Council to turn The Vogue nightclub, on Back West Crescent, into nine new residential apartments.

The move has been welcomed by town centre traders, who say they have a vision of transforming the street into a picturesque area similar to the historic Shambles, in York.

Guy Pople, who owns Dark Halo Music, on Back West Crescent, said: “The fact the owners of the nightclub are turning it into flats is a great idea.

“We’re trying to become more like somewhere like The Shambles, in York, so having more people living there will add to that.

“We’ve got art on the wall now and flowers from St Annes In Bloom too.

“We want to put ornate gables on each side of the back street so you’d walk through it and come across the art.

“That’s the vision, long-term.”

Arnold Sumner, St Annes chamber of trade co-ordinator, added: “We’re interested in making Back West Crescent look more attractive.

“There are other conversions down there that look very nice and it’s helped the area considerably.

“It’ll be interesting to see what sort of market they’re made for.”

A public consultation on the plan runs until November 6, with a decision expected by December 20.

Jane Fox, the agent acting on behalf of the building’s owner, said the apartments would be for general market sale. The plans would see the nightclub, which already has one flat on its top floor, become a block of nine one-bedroom apartments, including the already existing flat.

Windows which were previously blocked out would be reinstated as part of the plan.