Wetherspoon pub plan given nod by planners

Blackpool Councillor 'Coun David O'Hara
Blackpool Councillor 'Coun David O'Hara
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Plans for the Lucky Star Amusement Arcade in South Shore to be converted to a Wetherspoon’s pub have been given the go-ahead by town hall planning chiefs.

The pub giant wants to invest £2.2m in the property on the Promenade, which was used as the backdrop for the BBC 2004 comedy musical Blackpool’ starring David Morrissey and David Tennant.

Wetherspoon’s must now apply to the council for an alcohol licence for the venue before the scheme can go ahead.

Coun David O’Hara, whose Waterloo ward includes the site, said: “The building is shuttered up at the moment and doesn’t look great so a Wetherspoon’s pub will improve it.

“They have said they will re-open all the windows which are blocked up at the back.

“We are trying to upgrade the area and bring more footfall in and hopefully this will help do that.”

The development will cost around £2.2m and around 50 jobs will be created.

JD Wetherspoon already operates four pubs in Blackpool - The Auctioneer on Lytham Road in South Shore, The Layton Rakes on Market Street and The Albert and The Lion on Central Promenade.

But Jim Craig, manager of the Dutton Arms, on South Promenade, has warned the new pub could damage his business by attracting custom away.