Blackpool developer won’t give up plan to demolish Woolworth’s for car park

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The building on Bond Street was also occupied by Hartes for 25 years

 

The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street and Waterloo Road
The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street and Waterloo Road

A developer is appealing against a council decision preventing him from bulldozing a former Woolworth’s store in Blackpool to replace it with a car park.

Howard Plant was refused permission for the scheme to demolish the building on Bond Street in South Shore, which was occupied by Hartes for 25 years until it closed down in January 2019.

The property, which is locally listed, is in a poor state of repair – which Mr Plant says was already the case when he and his business partner bought the site two years ago.

They want to redevelop the land to provide a 43-space car park which they say will serve nearby businesses and boost trade in the neighbourhood.

Their application was turned down by town hall planners because bats are believed to be nesting there, rather than because of the building’s locally listed status.

A decision notice says approval was not given because “the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the method of demolition proposed would adequately safeguard protected species and so prior approval must be refused.”

An appeal has now been lodged with the planning inspectorate and will be determined by an independent planning inspector.