Work is set to begin in the new year to demolish two fire-damaged hotels which have been dubbed ‘eyesores’.
A planning application has been submitted to Blackpool Council seeking permission to bulldoze the Warwick Hotel on New South Promenade, while the neighbouring Palm Beach is also due to come down to make way for redevelopment.
Council chiefs have also sought a road closure order for that part of the seafront to enable the demolition work to go ahead.
The Warwick, which is owned by UK Holiday Group, has been closed for more than three years and was badly damaged in a blaze last June.
Paul Bennett, managing director of UK Holiday Group, said; “The structure, like the Palm Beach, couldn’t stay as it is any longer and the sensible thing is to demolish.
“In the new year we’ll be looking at plans and hope to come up with something that is an impressive development for that part of The Crescent.”
The structure, like the Palm Beach, couldn’t stay as it is any longer and the sensible thing is to demolish
Mr Bennett said it was too early to say what form any redevelopment would take.
Meanwhile the Palm Beach, which closed in 2011 and was torched in 2014, is the subject of an £8.5m plan to develop a new 131-bedroom hotel on the site.
An application by Paul Matthew of Create Construction to demolish The Warwick says “the building has been fire damaged and is in a very poor condition.”
It adds that as Create is “demolishing the adjacent Palm Beach Hotel” the council “has asked us to remove” the Warwick.
Local councillors today welcomed the move.
Waterloo councillor David O’Hara said;”If they demolish the Warwick it will tidy the area up and be a start in making that part of Blackpool look better.”
Fellow ward councillor Derek Robertson said: “It is an eyesore and it is bad this is the first thing people see when they arrive in Blackpool at that end of the Promenade.
“So I would definitely welcome any moves to demolish the buildings, and I’m sure many residents will feel the same.”
Nearby hoteliers and residents have complained the derelict buildings are an eyesore in what is one of the key gateways to Blackpool.
They also say the neglected buildings attract crime.