Blackpool's Ma Kelly’s Showboat could have up to 30 apartments built on land behind it

Ma Kelly's Showboat
Ma Kelly's Showboat
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New homes could be built on land behind a Blackpool entertainment venue.

The Ma Kelly’s pub chain has applied for planning permission from Blackpool Council for a four to five storey block of 30 apartments behind Ma Kelly’s Showboat on Queens Promenade in North Shore.

The site is currently used as customer car parking for the Showboat, which formerly operated as Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

If the scheme gets the go ahead, access would be from Knowle Avenue, and 25 car parking spaces would be provided.

Fylde-based architect Ben Jurin, who has drawn up the plans, says in a design statement accompanying the application: “The overall approach is to design and build a modern apartment block that will provide high quality residential housing for people wishing to live by the coast and aspire to live in high quality homes in a prestigious and selective development.”

Ma Kelly’s, which operates a number of pubs on the Fylde coast, took over Uncle Tom’s Cabin last year and rebranded it.

In June it failed in its bid to overturn a decision refusing planning permission for an extension to the Ma Kelly’s Showboat.

The owners of the neighbouring Elgin Hotel claimed it would create a noise nuisance to the detriment of its guests.