Yates’s building given go-ahead

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AMBITIOUS plans for a modern art-deco building set to revamp Blackpool’s restaurant scene have been given the go-ahead.

Three years after the iconic Yates’s building was destroyed in a suspected arson attack, councillors have approved plans for a new landmark building on the site.

The £3m plans from the Manchester-based Northhold Group are set to bring two national chains to the town – popular grill TGI Friday’s and Pan-Asian buffet restaurant Cosmo.

But at Blackpool Council’s planning meeting last night, Pauline Lai, owner of the Mandarin restaurant, on Clifton Street, said the Talbot Square eateries would be bad for other businesses.

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She said: “Between TGI’s and the Cosmo restaurant there will be 1,200 seats – all the restaurants in the FY1 area don’t have 1,200 seats and my concern is these two will suck everything in.”

But councillors, who are only allowed to consider planning issues, voted the plans through.

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