Project update: Will new development be cool replacement for old ice rink?

Work being carried out to dismantle the Fylde Coast Ice Rink at Bristol Avenue, Bispham. Picture by Neil Harrison
Work being carried out to dismantle the Fylde Coast Ice Rink at Bristol Avenue, Bispham. Picture by Neil Harrison
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Work has now been completed to prepare land recently occupied by the Fylde Coast Ice Rink for redevelopment.

The rink closed in May, with operators blaming problems with the refrigeration plant for the decision.

Work to dismantle structures on the site on Bristol Avenue, Bispham, has now been completed in readiness for fresh investment.

Proposals to build a single storey industrial unit on the site to house a gas-powered electricity generator have secured planning permission from Blackpool Council.

A further planning application has been submitted seeking approval to build two buildings fronting Bristol Avenue, comprising of 28 industrial units .

There would also be car parking for 102 vehicles located to the front and rear of the buildings, accessed from Bristol Avenue.

The former TVR car factory on the site closed in 2006.

Since then a number of small businesses have operated, including the ice rink, but now there is renewed interest to create further capacity for traditional industry.

A design statement from architects Cassidy and Ashton says: “The new build units will be of a modern and contemporary design to suit the modern requirements of future occupants.

“It would also enable inward investment to the borough.

“As such, the proposed use will retain part of an existing designated employment site for employment uses, meeting the requirements of local policy and is not unacceptable in principle.”

The scheme will go before town hall planners at a future date.