History threat to flats plan

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A BID to build flats in Blackpool looks set to be turned down by planners because it would mean the loss of an historic building.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee is being recommended to refuse an application to demolish the Shaw’s Depository, a former storage warehouse, in Whitegate Drive and replace it with a four storey building forming 14 self-contained flats.

Ten of the 14 flats proposed would offer two-bedrooms with the remaining four offering a single bedroom.

The application is seeking to renew planning permission granted in 2008. But since then, the council has revised its housing need and compiled a draft Local List of buildings where historical significance merits them being saved.

A report to the planning committee says: “The existing Shaw’s Depository is a period building of striking and attractive design which has been included on the council’s draft Local List.”

The report says this is not a strong enough reason to refuse the application, but the lack of open space in the proposal and the failure to agree a sum to provide open space elsewhere, means the scheme is recommended for refusal.

It adds: “Some landscaping would be provided to the front which would provide an attractive, green approach to the main entrance, but this would not be private and would not constitute meaningful outdoor space.

“All new developments of more than three units generate a requirement for the provision of public open space. Where this cannot be provided on-site, a commuted sum towards equivalent off-site provision is required.”

The scheme will go before the planning committee on Monday.

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