Social club will be demolished for new homes

The Co-Operative Sports and Social Club, Preston New Road, Blackpool.
The Co-Operative Sports and Social Club, Preston New Road, Blackpool.
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Plans to demolish a once-thriving social club and build homes on the site have been given the ahead.

The scheme will see the former Co-op Sports and Social Club on Preston New Road in Marton bulldozed.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee approved an outline application by the Co-operative Group to build up to 54 houses on the land which also includes a football pitch at the rear.

Following the meeting, Coun Adrian Hutton whose Clifton constituency includes the application site, said: “The site is basically derelict and there is very little or no chance of it ever becoming a social club again so it seemed the right thing to do.

“It is outline permission so hopefully a more detailed scheme will come forward to ensure we get good quality housing there.”

A report to councillors said the land was suitable for “much needed housing” although objections were received from two nearby residents.

It adds: “The site is suitable as it is situated within the predominantly residential suburb of Marton and is immediately adjacent to well established residential areas to the east, south and west of the site including Ribchester Avenue, Catforth Avenue and Devona Avenue.”

The club, which moved to the site in the late 1960s, closed in 2013 after getting into financial difficulties.

It had seen membership levels dwindle from around 2,000 in its heyday to just under 300 before it closed.

A war memorial in the grounds was relocated to the Fylde Memorial Arboretum at Moor Park Avenue, Bispham, where a rededication ceremony was held earlier this year.