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Castle added to protected buildings list

Special protection: The Norbreck Castle is among the latest raft of sites granted extra protection. Below  Coun David Owen

Special protection: The Norbreck Castle is among the latest raft of sites granted extra protection. Below  Coun David Owen

The Norbreck Castle Hotel is among the latest tranche of Blackpool buildings granted special protection as part of moves to preserve the resort’s best loved buildings.

It has been included in the final set of local listings - landmarks deemed to have sufficient architectural merit to deserve the status.

The council, which launched the local listings in 2011, has now completed the full list and granted the special status to around 205 landmarks across the resort.

The Norbreck was originally built as a private country house in 1869, and was used by its subsequent owner J.H. Shorrocks to entertain friends.

He decided to take in paying guests and in 1912, it became the Norbreck Hydro boasting its own ballroom.

Blackpool Council’s head of heritage Carl Carrington said: “I don’t think people realise how old the Norbreck Castle Hotel is.

“Quite often the importance of these historic sites isn’t that obvious.

“It was only when we began the research the significance of landmarks like this came to light, and it has really helped increase our knowledge of how the resort developed.”

The measure does not give the same level of protection as a statutory national listing, but is a consideration when it comes to considering planning applications.

Carleton Crematorium and the artificial cliffs at Queens Promenade in Bispham are also on the latest list which covers Greenlands, Ingthorpe, Warbreck, Anchorsholme, Bispham, Norbreck, Highfield, Squires Gate and Stanley wards.

The next step will be to ask residents to nominate buildings they would like to see added to the list.

Mr Carrington said: “The list is now completed and we have around 205 local listings.

“Hopefully in July we will launch a process for the public to apply if they think something should be listed.

“They will have to do the research, but hopefully it will get people thinking about heritage.”

Coun David Owen, chairman of Blackpool’s planning committee, said: “We don’t want a situation as in the past when a much loved building suddenly disappeared.

“The owners of these buildings know the council think they are of significant interest in the local street scene.

“While it doesn’t give them the same level of protection a national listing would, at least it means the local listing has to be considered in planning terms.”

Among the landmarks which have been included on the list previously are the 1970s Premium Bonds tower at Marton which has been earmarked for demolition as part of redevelopment of part of the site.

 

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