Revamp plans for dilapidated hotel

Jonathan Hartley (below), who aims to revamp the former Burlingham Hotel on South Promenade, Blackpool.
Jonathan Hartley (below), who aims to revamp the former Burlingham Hotel on South Promenade, Blackpool.
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A GUEST house owner, who was rapped by council chiefs over noise complaints, is seeking to upgrade a rundown seafront hotel.

Jonathan Hartley has lodged plans seeking to refurbish the former Burlingham Hotel on South Promenade, Blackpool.

Jonathan Hartley

Jonathan Hartley

The ambitious plans include front and rear south wing roof lifts to enable additional bedrooms to be provided, and changing the facade of the property.

Mr Hartley, who also runs The Malibu Hotel on Albert Road which caters for stag and hen parties, hopes his investment will help kickstart regeneration on that part of the seafront.

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The current building is in a serious state of disrepair.

“The proposed works will require a complete strip out of all fixtures and fittings and extensive rebuilding of parts of the structure.”

It adds: “In order for the proposal to be viable, the client requires there are sufficient room numbers to support the high cost of refurbishing the property.

“There is a full intention for this scheme to set high standards of both accommodation and style.

“In view of the current economic climate and ongoing dilapidation of much of Blackpool’s holiday accommodation, it is hoped that support for this style of major refurbishment will set a starting point for further regeneration.”

Mr Hartley was hauled before council licensing chiefs earlier this year after neighbouring hotels in Albert Road complained about noise and anti-social behaviour.

It was the second time the guesthouse had been before the committee in six months, and followed a five-week closure order imposed by the magistrates court.

The hotel was allowed to keep its drinks licence after Mr Hartley pledged to work more closely with licensing authorities.

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