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Major milestone for Blackpool Central as planning application is submitted

Blackpool Central is a new world-class leisure development on the Central Station site, just off the famous Golden Mile.

As one of the UK’s most important regeneration projects, the £300m scheme will be the largest single investment in Blackpool for over a century and is expected to create around 1,000 new jobs, bring an estimated 600,000 additional visitors each year, and boost annual spend in the town by around £75m.

Developers Nikal Ltd and Media Invest Entertainment have submitted a planning application for Blackpool Central, which includes:

  • a new 1,306 space Multi Storey Car Park
  • a new Heritage Quarter

Outline plans have also been lodged for future phases including:

  • a major public events square for live events
  • three indoor entertainment centres
  • hotel
  • restaurants
  • additional leisure and hospitality space

Delivering a new Multi Storey Car Park is key to unlocking the wider Blackpool Central scheme as it will free up land for the future phases and ensure that there continues to be appropriate parking provision for visitors to the town and local residents.

Heritage Quarter:

The application for Blackpool Central also proposes to restore the site’s existing heritage buildings to create a thriving new Heritage Quarter. The Grade II Listed former King Edward VII Picture House will be transformed into a new ‘Artisan Food Hall’, which spills out onto new outdoor space for ‘al fresco’ dining. The locally listed King Edward VII pub will be refurbished into a new pub and hotel, creating a modern, family friendly environment offering quality food and beverages. The King Edward VII apartment building will be renovated into a high-quality ‘Aparthotel’ keeping its original character.

Thank you for having your say!

Submission of the plans follows a public consultation with the local community, which saw over 700 people get involved and an overwhelming 90% express support for Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment’s vision to create a new world-class, year-round leisure destination at the former Blackpool Central railway station.

The creation of new jobs and local economic benefits, boosting Blackpool’s tourism offer and delivering new attractions were identified as the top three most important aspects of the plans by consultation respondents.

The vast majority of feedback welcomed plans for the new Heritage Quarter and highlighted that it will help boost footfall and breathe new life into the buildings. Many residents also shared their aspiration that the scheme will be a catalyst for improving and regenerating the surrounding area and Central Drive.

Blackpool Council is working closely with both parties to help ‘unlock’ this development opportunity which is envisaged to be delivered over several phases.

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