Hotel dream is back on track

An artist's impression of how the Palm Beach Hotel might look and (below) Coun David Owen.
An artist's impression of how the Palm Beach Hotel might look and (below) Coun David Owen.

BOLD plans for an 11-storey hotel on Blackpool’s seafront have re-emerged.

The scheme to demolish the Palm Beach Hotel on New South Promenade in South Shore and replace it with a £14m new property is earmarked to have its planning permission renewed.

Coun David Owen

Coun David Owen

Since it was first approved in 2009, no work has been carried out on the development and the Palm Beach has been closed for around a year.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee is being recommended to renew the permission when its meets on Monday.

A report to the committee, chaired by Coun David Owen, says: “The introduction of relatively tall buildings in this location is to be welcomed in principle as it shows a level of investment and confidence in the area.”

However, some residents of nearby Arundel Court, St Martins Court and Clifton Drive have submitted fresh objections to the proposals.

They claim the buildings are too high, will be over-dominant and lead to a loss of privacy.

The Palm Beach scheme is one element of a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the whole of Bourne Crescent.

Outline planning permission was also granted in 2009 for hotels including The Colwyn, The Skye, The Trafford, The Sandpiper and The Headlands, which would see a mixture of residential and holiday accommodation built at each end of Bourne Crescent.

A third application for an 11-storey high residential development on the site of The Kimberley, The Waldorf and the Henderson hotels was refused because it did not include any holiday accommodation.

Hoteliers on Bourne Crescent say redevelopment is needed because of a decline in the number of guests choosing to stay in that part of Blackpool.

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