Demolition plan to make way for Blackpool road widening scheme

Proposals have been revealed to demolish property to make way for a road widening scheme at a busy Blackpool traffic junction.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 2:45 pm

Plans have been submitted to the council seeking permission to knock down the house and stables at the corner of School Road and Common Edge Road in South Shore.

This would enable a stretch of Common Edge Road to be widened as part of work to provide a new access to Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

The proposals include building a replacement property on another plot of land slightly further down School Road.

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The property at the junction of School Road and Common Edge Road which is earmarked for demolition

It would mean the loss of a house which has been a landmark on the junction since it was built around 60 years ago and at one time included a small shop.

Architects Cassidy and Ashton, who are are working with the council on the development of the Enterprise Zone, say the proposed new four bedroom property is appropriate for the site.

But they add the scheme “would also facilitate wider highway infrastructure works proposed at the junction of Common Edge Road and School Road.

“The current design for these highway works, which is being progressed by Blackpool Council, requires significant encroachment into the existing site.

“These wider infrastructure works are considered necessary as they would improve the existing highways infrastructure and aid in enhancing the development of the adjacent enterprise zone by creating an alternative and improved highways access.

“In turn this would support wider regeneration objectives for the borough. ”

A new entrance road to the enterprise zone on the east side near Common Edge Road is seen as crucial with some businesses on the site saying the current single existing access is a bottleneck at peak times.

A traffic light junction is proposed to the north of South Shore Cricket Club to encourage traffic away from School Lane towards the new M55 link road when that is built.

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