AMBITIOUS plans to build a retail centre on the site of a former health facility have been revealed.
NHS Blackpool has submitted an application seeking permission for two retail units on the site of the former Lytham Road Health Centre in South Shore.
The scheme would also see 42 car parking spaces provided.
And the proposals have been welcomed in the area, which is seeking to regenerate itself.
Darren Thickett, of Dolls Houses Are Us on nearby Waterloo Road, told The Gazette: “I would welcome this development if there is someone in mind who wants to move into the units.
“I would hope they aren’t just going to be built and then left standing there empty.
“If the units are of a reasonable size, there is a chance they could attract well known names to this part of South Shore which would draw in custom for all the businesses in the area.”
Patrick McPartling, chairman of the South Shore PACT (police and community together), and of the Briardene Hotel on Osborne Road, South Shore, said the area needed a boost and new retail units could provide a welcome addition to the shopping sector.
He added: “I would welcome retail outlets there, and if it was a significant investment it could draw in other investment to the area as well.
“Also, we do need extra parking spaces because spaces are limited on the streets so that would be welcome for people to use when they come to South Shore.”
The application is for two semi-detached style retail units of one-and-a-half storeys in height.
A design brief accompanying the application says: “Development has been set back to respect the privacy rights of the adjoining neighbours with all site boundaries to be suitably screened with a mixture of high level shrubs and planting.
“This will improve the outlook and amenity for all and soften the line of property boundaries.”
The land is owned by NHS Blackpool but the surgery closed in April last year when services were relocated into the recently-built South Shore Primary Care Centre.
The site was at the centre of controversy last July when clampers netted around £2,000 after targeting unsuspecting workers from neighbouring offices who had been using the disused car park.
Owners were hit with a £90 release fee.