SECURING the second phase of investment at Blackpool’s Houndshill Centre is a key part of the resort’s ambitious town centre masterplan.
The strategy setting out goals for growth, which was unveiled in The Gazette yesterday, says further phased development and enhancement of Houndshill is a key element in re-establishing Blackpool as the Fylde coast’s first choice shopping destination.
Rob Green, head of enterprise and investment at the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company, said: “Phase two of Houndshill is still something we are working towards.
“There is planning activity underway to see how that site can be brought into use.
“Once Houndshill, as it is now, is operating at best capacity, then we can use that as the hub for further growth.”
Planning permission was given in 2006 for the second phase to include a 63-bedroom, five-storey hotel facing the Winter Gardens in Coronation Street, and two stores occupying 4,000 square metres over two floors.
While the £30m first phase, including the Debenhams store, opened in 2008, further development has since stalled.
Buildings on Tower Street and Coronation Street were bought by the council and demolished in 2010 in readiness for the second phase.
New retail units will also become available this summer on the ground floor of the Talbot Road multi-storey car park which is being refurbished.