High rise vision is a step closer

Planned eight storey development for Coop Street, Blackpool
Planned eight storey development for Coop Street, Blackpool

PLANS to build an eight storey apartment block in the Victoria Foxhall Village has moved a step closer.

Planning bosses at Blackpool Council’s development control committee allowed the scheme on Coop Street to be approved pending legal agreements and a survey being carried out.

The block, which ranges in height from six to eight storeys will contain 51 apartments and on-site parking. It will take over an existing private car park open to the public.

The plan has been put forward by businessman Howard Plant who won outline planning permission in 2006 to build a block of 62 flats.

But following a wave of objections from residents in May last year, and concerns about electric cables underneath Coop Street, the plan was deferred.

Councillors raised the concerns of residents who fear the modern building will be an “eyesore” in a street lined with Victorian hotels.

But although three Labour councillors voted to reject the scheme, it was passed following a satisfactory survey of the tunnels containing the electricity cables.

Emma Hunt, from the Tam o’Shanter Hotel, said: “It is a struggle to park near our hotels as it is, without the use of this public car park I don’t know where guests will go. “I also think a big multi storey building will be an eyesore for the area.”

But Mr Plant was delighted.

He said: “I’m pleased common sense has prevailed, with the economic climate it’s hard to say when work will start.

“I’m confident this will massively improve the area, I’m happy to speak to local residents about their concerns.”