Yates’s site hotel approved

An artists impression of the Premier Inn proposed for the Yates' site in Blackpool
An artists impression of the Premier Inn proposed for the Yates' site in Blackpool
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Planners have approved proposals for a £7m hotel on the site of the former Yates’s Wine Lodge in Blackpool which burned down nearly seven years ago.

The council’s planning committee last night agreed an application by Premier Inn to build a 150-bedroom hotel with a Brewers Fayre restaurant on the ground floor, on the site in Talbot Square.

The company had put forward revised plans which included lowering the height of the hotel by two metres, after the scheme was thrown out last time it went before the committee in May because councillors were unhappy with the design.

Planning consultant Helen Binns told the meeting it was predicted the hotel would boost Blackpool’s economy by £2m a year and bring in more than 50,000 overnight stays.

Construction is expected to begin next spring, with the six storey hotel due to open in autumn 2017.

The site has been vacant since Yates’s was demolished following a devastating fire in February 2009.