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Plans in for £300m Blackpool Central scheme which could create 1,000 jobs

A planning application for the proposed £300m Blackpool Central scheme, which includes three indoor entertainment centres, a hotel and restaurants, have been submitted.

Nikal Ltd and Media Invest Entertainment are behind the plans sent to Blackpool Council for consideration.

The proposals also features a new 1,306 space multi storey car park and proposals to create a 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 and additional leisure and hospitality space.

The application for Blackpool Central also proposes to restore the site’s existing heritage buildings to create a 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.

Blackpool Central’s Heritage Quarter

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 aparthotel, keeping its original character.

If backed, the scheme is expected to create around 1,000 jobs, bring an estimated 600,000 additional visitors each year, and boost annual spend in the town by around £75m.

Nikal chairman Richard Fee said: “This is a watershed moment for Blackpool Central. The overwhelmingly positive response to our consultation shows the level of excitement and enthusiasm around the scheme.

Blackpool Central's multi-storey car park
Blackpool Central’s multi-storey car park

“We’d like to thank everyone for getting involved and sharing their ideas for how we can make the most of this exciting opportunity.

“”he initial phases, including the multi storey car park and Heritage Quarter, will create a springboard for delivering our vision for the Blackpool Central project.

“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.”

Norbert Reichart, chief executive of Media Invest Entertainment, added: “We have taken a major step towards creating one of the UK’s most exciting destinations with this application submission.

Blackpool Central's Central Drive
Blackpool Central’s Central Drive

“The scheme has a crucial role to play in enhancing Blackpool’s tourism offer and attracting more visitors to the town, and we have been spurred on by the strong show of support for our plans.

“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.”

Plans in for £300m Blackpool Central scheme which could create 1,000 jobs

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Cllr Lynn Williams, Blackpool Council leader and cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “Blackpool Central is vitally important in creating new jobs, boosting the town’s tourism and supporting the local economy.

“The new multi storey car park is a key part to enabling the future phased stages of the development to take place, whilst protecting the car parking spaces needed for our visitors throughout the development.

“The plans for the new Heritage Quarter are an extremely welcome feature as they will breathe new life into neglected properties, reviving the Central Drive area for the benefit of surrounding businesses and residents.”

A decision on the planning application is expected from Blackpool Council later this year.

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