Derelict hotel earmarked for redevelopment

Blackpool Town Hall

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Plans to demolish a derelict former hotel and replace the property with new homes look set to win approval.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the application for a site on Banks Street.

If it gets the go ahead, investment would see the construction of a four storey building to form two self contained, permanent flats and two maisonettes.

The three-storey end terraced building is currently a vacant boarded up hotel with scaffolding around it due to its unsound structural condition, located close to the Promenade and Filey Place.

Three objections have been received to the proposals, but there have been nine letters of support.

One supporter says the empty property “has blighted the street for a number of years now”.

They add: “The current building has been derelict and vacant for a number of years and the building is also structurally defective and currently supported by scaffolding.

“The proposal would be an improvement to the street.

“There is little or no prospect of anyone successfully investing in holiday accommodation.”

Planners have warned the building will continue to deteriorate without some form of development.

A report to councillors says while it is important to protect the holiday areas, “in this instance it is considered clear that an exception can be made to the policy as the property needs demolishing and the site is not viable for a holiday re-development.”

The planning committee will consider the application on Tuesday.