Plans to demolish a ‘listed’ former school clinic building to create a new entrance to Blackpool and The Fylde College will go before councillors this week.
The college wants to create a new access for its University Centre from Park Road, while demolishing the Barnardo’s building, which has been empty since 2010.
Its proposals, which also take in the site of the Pelham Mount Club, demolished in 1998, will go before Blackpool Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, May 7.
The college’s existing entrance, which would be retained for service vehicles, is tucked away down Bennett Avenue.
It says the new access would help to raise its profile while addressing complaints from residents about students parking outside their homes.
However, the council’s built heritage manager, Carl Carrington, opposes the demolition of the Barnardo’s building, which dates to 1926.
The building, designed by JC Robinson, is on the authority’s Local List of protected buildings, and is said to be an unusual example of a building constructed mainly using artificial stone blocks.
The college said the building, which would cost nearly £600,000 to refurbish, did not fit in with its plans.
The council’s case officer Pippa Greenway said while the loss of the building was regrettable, “the benefits of redevelopment and improving the college outweigh the negatives caused by the loss”.
Residents living nearby raised concerns about noise and car parking.
If approved, the college wants to have the entrance ready in time for the start of the new academic year.
Conditions would be imposed requiring a bat and nesting bird survey to take place prior to demolition of the Barnardo’s building.
Tyldesley ward councillor Allan Matthews said: “The Barnardo’s building was used as a dentist for all local school children, and I can remember going there to have chipped teeth filled.
“That’s not a very pleasant memory, but I will be sad if a landmark building like this goes.
“But, if it has outlived its usefulness, you have got to move on, and I think it will be better for the college to have a more prominent entrance.”