Go ahead for new car park near Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Buildings which were previously used as accommodation for Blackpool Pleasure Beach workers are set to be bulldozed to make way for a public car park.

 

Blackpool Council has approved an application by the Pleasure Beach to redevelop the site between Balmoral Road and Osborne Road in South Shore as a 31-space pay and display public car park.

Three buildings, which had also previously been used as holiday accommodation, are earmarked for demolition.

Planners, who granted permission using their delegated powers, branded the premises as “unsightly”.

Artists impression of the planned new car park

Artists impression of the planned new car park

A report setting out the decision adds: “The site is on the boundary with an area where there is a significant oversupply of small, poor quality bedsits, flats and HMOs.

“The properties themselves have not been used as holiday accommodation for a long time and are in need of investment and renewal and the applicant has indicated that the expense would result in them not being viable.

“The demolition of at least one of the buildings, on Balmoral Road, would make a positive contribution to the quality of the surrounding environment by removing an unsightly building which negatively impacts on the surrounding environment.

“Number 30 Balmoral is a particularly unsightly former hotel and HMO and its removal can only help the appearance of the area, especially on such a prominent corner.

“The council has a focus on strengthening the resort’s appeal to attract new audiences year-round and a car park would help here.”