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Flats proposal for former nightspot

The Music Hall Tavern on Leopold Grove and (below) Blackpool Civic Trust chairman Joan Humble.

The Music Hall Tavern on Leopold Grove and (below) Blackpool Civic Trust chairman Joan Humble.

A former Blackpool nightclub could be converted to apartments if plans to redevelop it get the go ahead.

Proposals have been unveiled to convert the former Music Hall Tavern on Church Street into 10 new homes.

The scheme, which has been submitted to Blackpool Council by Weeton-based Majestic Properties, would also see a communal roof garden and private terrace created.

It is believed to represent an investment of between £500,000 and £600,000.

Changes to the art deco building, which also includes the adjoining venue K2 on Leopold Grove, would also include new windows and doors.

Heritage chiefs have said they would back the proposals as along as the character of the building is retained.

Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust Joan Humble said: “The Civic Trust would want to see a building with important architectural features such as this to be redeveloped sympathetically, taking into account the original style and also its location.”

The council’s heritage experts have submitted a statement as part of the consultation, highlighting the prominence of the building which is just outside the town centre Conservation Area.

Head of Heritage Carl Carrington said: “It’s a really interesting building but unfortunately it isn’t in a very good state.

“It clearly needs a lot of work doing to it, and if the quality of the proposed development is right, it would work to finish off that part of St John’s Square.”

The former nightspot, which started life as a gas showroom, has been closed since October 2012 when it was last used as a rock venue.

Over the years it has had a chequered past. It was run as an old style music hall by Patricia Higginbottom, known as Miss Patricia, but closed suddenly in 2000.

Singer Joe Longthorne then fronted the venue for a few years.

But it was hit by a number of setbacks including in 2003 when entertainer Danny La Rue pulled out of a late summer season at the last minute.

The Ma Kelly’s group, which now has four cabaret bars across Blackpool, was then set to buy it and revealed plans in 2012 for a £1m investment to convert the club into an American-themed sports bar called Champs.

However the group pulled out of the scheme.

No-one from the developers was available to comment on the latest proposals which will go before the council’s planning committee at a future date for consideration.

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