Lawns plan for seafront

Artist's impression of planned revamp of headland
Artist's impression of planned revamp of headland
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PLANS to landscape part of Blackpool Promenade with raised lawns look set to get the go-ahead.

The scheme for the Manchester Square headland would also see unsightly pumping station buildings re-clad in green granite-effect tiles.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the application by United Utilities.

A report to councillors says: “This application seeks to re-clad what is currently a very stark and utilitarian building with a more sleek and modern material, namely green granite-effect cladding tiles.”

The lawns would stretch from the sub-station, around the back of the building to the northern end of the headland with further areas of grass and planting alongside the tramway.

It is also proposed to install 12 sculptured venting blades, eight metres tall and lit by ground level lighting and designed to represent blades of grass.

The report adds: “As the proposal seeks to create an attractive area of public open space, with the existing pumping station extended to be more full self-contained and re-clad in a more attractive and modern material, the development is considered acceptable in principle.”

The committee will make its decision on Monday.

If the scheme gets the go ahead, it is hoped work will start in October this year, taking 12 months to complete. It was first announced in 2009 but the water company submitted a new planning application to the council with amendments to the original landscaping proposal.

The main change from the original plan is a reduction in the height of the landscaped area so it blends in better with the existing Promenade and is easier to maintain.

Manchester Square is one of five new headlands which have been created as part of the £100m upgrade of the Promenade. The Tower Festival headland is currently under construction to include the wedding chapel, Comedy Carpet and a 20,000 capacity open-air arena while Waterloo and St Chad’s headlands are being resurfaced.