A SITE earmarked for phase two of the Houndshill Centre looks set to be used as a car park until investment is found.
Proposals have been submitted for planning permission to use the land at the junction of Coronation Street and Adelaide Street West as a car park for the next three to five years following the recent demolition of buildings.
But should a developer come forward, plans for a hotel and shops on the 2,500 square metre site will go ahead.
Blackpool Council is planning to put 74 spaces on the land including seven disabled parking bays.
It will operate as a pay and display lit car park with charges matching other town centre short stay car parks.
Drivers will access the new facility from Tower Street to allow for queuing space and prevent congestion.
A report said: “The site is centrally located at the heart of the town centre, adjacent to a main pedestrian entrance to the Houndshill Shopping Centre and conveniently situated opposite the Winter Gardens complex and other amenities.
“While the site has been assembled with a view to its longer term redevelopment, it is well suited for the temporary use as a car park to serve the town centre.”
Town centre BID (business improvement district) manager Eileen Ormand said businesses would welcome the additional parking.
She said: “I regard it as a good use of the land.
“There is already a multi-storey car park serving Houndshill but some people prefer a surface car park.
“But obviously we want to see the site redeveloped eventually to enable phase two of the Houndshill Centre.”
Demolition of the site was completed in February after the council bought up properties, including the renowned Galleon Club, using grants from the Northwest Regional Development Agency.
Planning permission was given in 2006 for the second phase of Houndshill to include a 63-bedroom, five-storey hotel facing the Winter Gardens in Coronation Street, and two stores occupying 4,000 square metres over two floors.
Meanwhile another recently cleared town centre site has also been given a new lease of life as a car park.
Buildings in a block bounded by Adelaide Street, Leopold Grove and Alfred Street at the back of the Winter Gardens have been bulldozed.
The site has temporary permission to be used for parking but planning permission is in place for a £10m five to seven-storey hotel with 192 rooms.