Nikal Ltd and Media Invest Entertainment have submitted a detailed planning application for the first phase of Blackpool Central, which includes a car park with 1,306 spaces and proposals to create a Heritage Quarter.
Blackpool Central’s future phases include a public square for live events, hotels, restaurants and three indoor entertainment centres, including a Chariots of the Gods theme park.
“This is a watershed moment for Blackpool Central,” said Richard Fee, chairman of Nikal. “The overwhelmingly positive response to our consultation shows the level of excitement and enthusiasm around the scheme.”
Proposals include creating Heritage Quarter
“In the short term, the early delivery of the car park will ensure that we protect and enhance the town centre’s current car parking provision,” Fee added.
The application proposes restoring the site’s heritage buildings to create a Heritage Quarter with an artisan food hall with outdoor space for al fresco dining. The Heritage Quarter will also include a pub and hotel, as well as an aparthotel.
“We have taken a major step towards creating one of the UK’s most exciting destinations with this application submission,” said Norbert Reichart, CEO of Media Invest Entertainment.
“The consultation has also given us lots of food for thought for how we shape the future phases of Blackpool Central and maximise its pulling power,” Reichart added.
£300m leisure destination in Blackpool
Submission of the planning application comes after a public consultation with the local community, with 90 percent expressing support for the £300m leisure destination.
Located at the former Blackpool Central train station, the project is expected to create approximately 1,000 new jobs, attract an additional 600,000 annual visitors, and boost annual spend in the town by £75m.
Blackpool Council will make a decision on the application later this year. “Blackpool Central is vitally important in creating new jobs, boosting the town’s tourism and supporting the local economy,” said Councillor Lynn Williams.
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