Prom flats plan appeal victory

Planning Chairman Coun David Owen
Planning Chairman Coun David Owen
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A bid to use premises on Blackpool Promenade as four flats has been granted planning permission following an appeal.

Blackpool Council planners had turned down the application to convert the upper floors of the building on the corner of Queens Square, saying it contravened local development policies.

The application, submitted by a Mr Oyston, had sought to sub-divide the property, which is currently used as two flats, to create four dwellings in total.

Planning inspector Peter Eggleton overturned the council’s decision.

A report to Blackpool’s planning committee, chaired by Coun David Owen, says the inspector “felt the existing building was showing signs of neglect that was detrimental to the character and appearance of the leisure zone.

“On the basis that a scheme of noise insulation could be provided to mitigate any potential amenity impacts, the inspector reasoned that the benefits of bringing the building back into use would outweigh any harm.”

The changes were deemed to be in line with national planning policy.

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