Decision delayed over plans for Blackpool's Vintro Lounge building

Proposals to demolish a site which includes a new Blackpool restaurant have been put on hold by town hall planners who are seeking further information from the developer.

Wednesday, 7th July 2021, 1:54 pm

The Vintro Lounge recently moved into the ground floor of a three storey building in St John’s Square which was first earmarked for redevelopment last year.

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A full application to bulldoze the existing properties and replace them with a three to five storey building on the corner of Church Street and Abingdon Street containing 19 flats, with shops, a restaurant and a betting shop on the ground floor had been recommended for approval.

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But Blackpool Council’s Planning Committee deferred the application after hearing the flats would be a mix of 11 two-bedroom homes, and eight one-bedroom homes.

This failed to meet the council’s standards which require 70 per cent of such developments to be two bedroom apartments.

However documents from applicant Daniel Berko said the development would only be viable with the mix of apartment sizes submitted.

Councillors asked for a full viability report to be made available and deferred the application until one was made available.

The developers have already reduced the size of the apartment block from a top height of nine storeys which would have contained 29 flats.

Vintro Lounge opened on the site on June 10 following the closure of the previous tenant Pizza Express, and says it has a 15-year lease.

A spokesperson for the operator said earlier this week: “Our landlord submitted their application prior to us entering negotiations.”

In response to concerns about the potential impact on the restaurant, council planners said in an update to the committee: “Should the development go ahead, there is no reason to suppose that Vintro Lounge could not locate in the ground floor of the building.

“Private investment in the existing building or the neighbouring property is not a planning matter. Whether the applicant develops the site or whether the site is sold on is similarly not a land use matter.”

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