Gems of architecture are up for protection

The George Hotel and (below) the former Palladium Cinema and former Woolworths building.
The George Hotel and (below) the former Palladium Cinema and former Woolworths building.
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THEY might not all appear to deserve a second look.

But these buildings are among the first tranche of architectural gems set to receive special protection from Blackpool heritage chiefs.

Former Woolworths, corner of Waterloo Road, and Bond Street, South Shore, Blackpool.

Former Woolworths, corner of Waterloo Road, and Bond Street, South Shore, Blackpool.

Sixty sites have been placed so far on the local list which it is hoped will help preserve more of the town’s history.

The George Hotel on Central Drive, the Bloomfield pub on Ansdell Road, the former Woolworths building on Bond Street, and the former Palladium Cinema on Waterloo Road are among the properites on the first list which covers Bloomfield, Victoria and Waterloo wards.

Heritage chiefs hope the move will prevent much-loved buildings, which are not historical enough to merit a national listing, from being demolished.

Blackpool Council’s built heritage manager Carl Carrington said: “It’s not just about what we see, but what the historical record says about a building and we have spent a lot of time on research.

Former Palladium Cinema, Waterloo Road, Blackpool.

Former Palladium Cinema, Waterloo Road, Blackpool.

“In the future, if people want to suggest buildings for the list, they can be considered.”

Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust Elaine Smith said: “While structures like the Tower have a national listing, there are lots of other buildings which we feel are important to the town. There are buildings which in the past we have lost and we regret that.

“So we hope this will enable us to protect more of our heritage.

“Some of the sites chosen were no brainers, but we have spent ages discussing others. We hope we have chosen buildings which reflect what is important to the community.”

A panel, including an architect, planning and heritage representatives and the Civic Trust, has compiled the list which is due to go before Blackpool Council’s planning committee on Monday for approval.

Eventually the list will cover around 315 buildings across the town.

In future, planners must take the local list into consideration if someone wishes to redevelop one of the buildings included on it, but the status does not restrict potential development in the same way as a national listing does.

There is no additional burden placed on the owners.

There are currently 41 national listed buildings in Blackpool which is one of the lowest levels in the country.

Other sites on the first local list also include the New Oceans Hotel on the Promenade, Central and South Piers and the police station on Montague Street.

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