Iconic ideas for Central Station

Central car park, Bonny Street area, Blackpool
Central car park, Bonny Street area, Blackpool
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A LANDMARK attraction ‘as iconic’ as the Tower or Winter Gardens should be built on the site of the doomed supercasino according to a new blueprint for the site.

Town hall regeneration chiefs have updated their planning framework for the 20-acre Central Station site which had been earmarked for a Las Vegas-style gambling complex.

Following the demise of the supercasino bid, the council entered into an 18 month- long exclusivity agreement with developers wanting to build a snow dome on the land, which is due to come to an end next month.

Blackpool Council’s executive is being asked to approve the new policy document when it meets next Wednesday in readiness for any future planning applications for the key location.

The report says: “The former Central Station site is one of Blackpool’s most strategically important development sites, and is to be the home of something as iconic as Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens.

“Redevelopment of the site is key to Blackpool’s regeneration and central to our ambition of developing a new, exciting and unique tourist destination.

“The site area is 7.15 hectares, occupying a prime seafront location on Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile and within the shadow of Blackpool Tower. It lies on the southern edge of the town centre and enjoys direct connection with the M55 via Central Corridor.”

It adds the new framework will: “be instrumental in ensuring proposals for the site deliver a landmark attraction of the highest quality, which transforms the visitor economy and resort appeal and supports the long term future of Blackpool.”

North West-based Greenbank Partnerships linked up with Malcolm Clulow, (left), of Acer Snowmec Consultants, who holds the world patent for making artificial snow, to work on development plans for a Snow Dome on the Central Station site that could cater for up to 4,000 people at any one time.

It was proposed the complex would be two thirds the height of The Tower, and three times the size of Manchester’s Chill Factor.

The development, announced in October 2009, would also include other leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, shops, apres ski bars, a hotel and possibly conference facilities.