Plans for Starbucks drive thru to be built on Blackpool car park

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The outlet is set to be the third new Starbucks in the south side of Blackpool


Car park Blackpool South
Developers are hopeful the plans will be passed this time

Development at a Blackpool leisure park looks set to be kickstarted after plans were revealed for a Starbucks drive-thru coffee shop on the site.

Preston-based company Austringer Capital Ltd has applied for planning permission for the scheme at the 8.5 acre Festival Leisure Park on Rigby Road.

The outlet – set to be the third new Starbucks in the south side of Blackpool – would be built next to the existing Frankie and Benny’s restaurant on land currently used for parking.

Other tenants on the site include the Odeon Cinema, Bannatyne’s Gym and a Macdonalds restaurant.

Construction work stopped on a £7m new Club 3000 bingo hall last year but is expected to resume.

It was granted planning permission on appeal in 2019 along with a drive-thru restaurant, after the council had refused the application.

But the latest blueprint is seeking permission for detailed designs related to the Starbucks brand, and amendments to the car park and circulation routes.

A new vehicle entrance to the site is set to be built from Rigby Road and if the latest development goes ahead, it will mean the total number of parking spaces on the site is 497 compared to the original number of 604.

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The proposal is to provide a new Starbuck drive thru building with surrounding car park and access road around the building, designed in line with the brand standards.

“The application also incorporates redesign of the surrounding car park to serve the new building and to improve the existing circulation around the site, including access for delivery vehicles.”

Town hall planners will now consider the application.