Town centre flats scheme rejected again

Forsyth House in Queen Street
Forsyth House in Queen Street
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Proposals for offices in Blackpool town centre to be converted to flats have been blocked for a second time.

The application for 21 flats over three floors of Forsyth House in Queen Street has been rejected after Blackpool Council, whose planning committee is chaired by Coun David Owen, ruled the scheme was contrary to its housing policies.

It was deemed “none of the units proposed would meet the council’s floorspace and amenity standard.”

A similar bid from the Queen Street Union Trust for 31 flats was also thrown out in July.

Concerns have previously been raised about the suitability of residential accommodation in Queen Street which is a hub for pubs and entertainment venues.

The Litten Tree pub, which occupies the ground floor of Forsyth House, would not have been affected by the proposals.