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Blackpool hotel scheme gets planning permission

Blackpool hotel scheme gets planning permission

A major urban regeneration scheme in Blackpool has been given a major boost after a large new hotel that is central to the project received planning permission.

Muse is working in partnership with Blackpool Council on the Talbot Gateway site in the town centre and the new 142-bed hotel, aimed at business tourism, is a central feature of the project. It will be built on the site currently occupied by the Wilkinson's Building once Wilkinson's have moved out to new premises, with the current building being demolished.

As well as creating numerous construction jobs in the short term, the project is expected to help boost the town's economy. Apart from the direct employment the hotel will provide, the building will also feature a restaurant, bar and retail outlets, as well as conferencing facilities. 

The five-storey building is also located in a strategically important place, very close to Blackpool north station and a proposed new tram station. Part of the blueprint will be to establish an easy link between these two public transport interchanges. 

Explaining the importance of the hotel, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and economic development at Blackpool Council Mike Smith said: "Sited next door to the train station, above the new tramway terminus and only a very short walk from the town centre and new conference centre, the hotel will offer quality town centre accommodation for hundreds of business tourists, helping us to create a stronger local economy and more local jobs."

Although the town has declined since its 20th century heyday, as higher incomes and better transport options have enabled holidaymakers to travel overseas more, Blackpool still has some significant infrastructure features that could help it diversify its economy.

It has two railway stations in the town centre, as well as retaining the only historic tram system in britain. While other towns and cities closed theirs down in the years after the second world war, Blackpool kept its trams. This means simple enhancements like the construction of a new stop cost far less than the massive investment that has been required to develop new tram systems in northern cities like Manchester and Sheffield.

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