Project Update: Blackpool church site earmarked for new apartments

An artists impression of proposed apartments on the site of Waterloo Road Methodist Church
An artists impression of proposed apartments on the site of Waterloo Road Methodist Church
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Plans have been submitted to Blackpool Council seeking permission to convert a disused church in the town into flats.

Weeton-based Timothy Leeson has lodged an outline application to demolish Waterloo Road Methodist Church in South Shore and replace it with a part two, part three-storey building comprising of apartments.

The site is located on Spen Corner, with some of the elevations overlooking Arnott Road.

It is proposed to build a total of 14 apartments, 12 of which would have two bedrooms, and two of which would have one bedroom.

There would also be 14 car parking spaces, a secure refuse storage area and a secure cycle store.

The new homes would be for private sale, including aimed at first time buyers.

Fuller details of the plans would be included in a further, more detailed application if the outline scheme secures approval.

Consultants Abbott Stevens Associates, which has put together a design brief, says it has been designed with accessibility for people who have impaired mobility.

Vehicular access to the car park would be from Waterloo Road.

The design brief accompanying the application says the site “has good sustainable transportation links and sits within reach of the M55 and two trains.”

It adds the proposed new use “is appropriate with the wider residential area” which is “of mixed architectural character, size and density.”

Consultants say “the scale of the apartment building is appropriate for the peninsula location of the site.”

The proposals will go before council planners at a future date.