THIS is the gleaming multi-million pound vision for Blackpool’s fire-ravaged Yates’s site.
The historic bar was destroyed in an arson attack in 2009 and charred rubble is all that remains.
Now, plans have been mooted to transform the sorry-looking Talbot Square site into a 100-room hotel and a mix of retail and leisure units.
Developer North Hands, based in Prestwich, Manchester, is behind the proposed development.
Business leaders today welcomed the plans to revitalise the space, left abandoned since Yates’s demolition.
Eileen Ormand, Blackpool’s town centre business improvement district manager, said: “Since the fire the area has gone through all sorts of problems, so this is very, very welcome. It’s such an iconic site.
“The mix of businesses within the development gives great opportunities for employment.
“It will revitalise and regenerate the area totally.”
John Holt, manager of Blackpool’s Houndshill centre, who welcomed the proposals, said: “Any good development is good for the town – we have to look at the whole picture when talking about the town centre.
“If the units are filled with quality retailers, then yes, it’s very good news. It will undoubtedly bring people in.”
Howard Lewis, chairman of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group, was also delighted at the news.
He said: “This is a central site for Blackpool – it is key for the town and excellent that it is to be redeveloped.”
And Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture at Blackpool Council, said: “I think everyone is keen to see something happen on there, its in such a prominent location. It will be interesting to see what the final plans are when they are submitted for planning permission.”
The developer says plans for the site will be officially lodged with the council next month. If approved, the completion date is set for the end of 2012 or early 2013.
The internal spaces are now being jointly marketed by agents Chester-based Mowbray Gill and Jenics of Manchester as they bid to find operators willing to move into such a state-of-the-art property.
Their marketing brochure states: “The proposed development provides an opportunity to secure substantial accommodation at the centre of Blackpool, close to newly-arrived operators including Nandos, Pizza Express, JD Wetherspoons, Revolution, Walkabout and many others.
“The ground floor can be let as single or multiple units, while the first floor can be combined with ground, or let in a separate self-contained entity. Basement accommodation can be made available with the ground floor units as required.”
Yates’s was destroyed in an arson attack in 2009.