Fire ravaged hotel to be demolished

Revill's Hotel fire
Revill's Hotel fire
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A FIRE-ravaged hotel looks set to be demolished to make way for redevelopment.

The Revills Hotel on North Promenade has been closed for around six years, and was the victim of two arson attacks in 2009.

Now owner the Sleepwell Group has applied to Blackpool Council for planning permission to bulldoze the building which is deemed unsafe and beyond repair.

It wants to redevelop the site into a block of 15 residential apartments.

Mark Wilson, managing director of the Sleepwell Group, which also owns The Carousel Hotel on South Promenade, said: “We have looked at various options and concluded that a quality new-build residential development is the most appropriate and viable way forward.

“We do not feel redevelopment of the site as a new hotel is either viable or appropriate, given this would then compete with the existing and long established local hotel properties.

“Our recent application for outline planning application for 15 luxury residential apartments reflects this and the undertaking of demolition and site clearance is naturally the next appropriate step in this process.

“We have held off commencement of the initial demolition work until the winter months so as not to cause any disruption to local businesses during the peak season, but hope, with council approval, to commence these works very soon.”

Outline planning permission, subject to the completion of legal agreements, was given in July for a four storey block of 15 apartments.

More than 40 firefighters tackled a blaze at the Revills Hotel in March 2009, and flames broke out again in May the same year.