A £3m scheme to demolish a former seafront hotel and replace it with a new five-storey building boasting sea view apartments, bars and restaurants has been given the go-ahead.
The development will see the former Tudor Rose Hotel on the Promenade in South Shore bulldozed.
Blackpool Council’s planning committee has approved an application to replace the hotel with two bars and two restaurants on the ground floor, and 15 permanent apartments.
Developer Darren Yates, owner of DY Property Services on Church Street, Blackpool, said demolition was due to begin before Christmas.
Following the meeting, he said: “The council’s planners have been really helpful because although it is unusual to have residential development on the Promenade, they are happy that something of high quality is going to go there.
“We looked at the viability of building a hotel but there are so many empty hotels and the only way to make the site work was to do what we have done.
“We are proposing to build 12 two-bedroomed apartments and three two-bedroomed penthouses and they will all have balconies and sea views.
“There is already a lot of interest from various people to operate the bars and restaurants.
“Hopefully the site will be fully demolished by Christmas and then we hope to get cracking on it.”
More detailed plans, including 15 parking spaces, are being drawn up.
Mr Yates added: “We aim to produce high quality designs reflecting the prominent location.”
The Tudor Rose Hotel, which had 50 bedrooms, has not traded for some time.
Councillors questioned whether allowing residential development in that area of the Promenade would set a precedent.
Coun Mark Smith said: “Does this leave us open to the risk of other buildings being neglected so in future we grant them permission for residential use against the local policy regarding the holiday area?”
But Gary Johnston, the council’s head of development management, said the block already contained other uses including residential use, and other restaurants.
He said: “We feel there are enough special circumstances not to set a precedent for this area between Waterloo Road and the town centre.”