Blackpool Central could transform the town
May, 10 2021
The popular seaside resort Blackpool was hit hard by the pandemic. Due to the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions people couldn’t mix in the same way they usually do.
Now though a proposed £300 million leisure complex is set to create up to 1,000 jobs, attract 600,000 visitors and boost annual spending in the town by £75 million.
These plans for ‘Blackpool Central’ include the following:-
- A new indoor theme park
- An artisan food hall
- Boutique holiday apartments
Council leader Lyn Williams recently expressed her response to the news,
“The development is a huge investment and a game-changer for our town”.
The proposal will include:-
- Converting the Grade II listed former King Edward VII Cinema into an food hall with outdoor dining areas
- Refurbishing the locally-listed King Edward VII pub
- Turning the King Edward VII apartment building into a hotel
Richard Fee, chairman of developer Nikal Ltd revealed the vast plans for the town,
“The aim is to create a world-class leisure destination that will add to Blackpool's current offer".
Despite these plans there has been some clashes with Legoland in Windsor. This is due to the proposed idea of having a flying theatre ride in which a similar version is set to be launched in Windsor on 29th May.
To add to this discrepancy, Councillor Tony Williams, leader of the opposition Conservative group, has previously warned the town's scheme now looked like it was "going to be out of date before it's even built."
By summer 2021 a planning application for the first part of the plans is expected to be submitted. Residents have until May 26th to take part in a consultation, which focuses on the new multi-storey car park and the creation of a Heritage Quarter.
A proposed £300 million leisure complex will be a ‘game -changer’ for Blackpool, the town’s council leader has said.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger