Booths still confident on Poulton scheme

Booths have unveiled plans to transform the Teanlowe Centre and open an improved store in Poulton'artist's impression of the planned development
Booths have unveiled plans to transform the Teanlowe Centre and open an improved store in Poulton'artist's impression of the planned development

A HIGH street chain involved in plans to regenerate Poulton town centre remains confident its bid will be approved.

The plans to revamp the Teanlowe Centre in Poulton, adding a new Booths store and refurbishing the rest of the shopping centre, were deferred at a planning meeting.

But Booths bosses say they remain hopeful Wyre Council will approve the multi-million pound scheme.

Booths property director Graham Booth said: “We were disappointed that a decision on our application for the redevelopment of the Teanlowe Centre was deferred at the planning committee meeting. However, we are confident that once the council has completed its consultation on the outstanding issues, our proposals can be put before the planning committee once more with a view to us achieving a positive result for both the company and the residents of Poulton.”

A letter from Dransfield Properties, owners of The Village Walks, situated next door to the Teanlowe, asked Wyre Council to look again at Booths plans. Dransfield representatives had asked the council to look again at the plans regarding highways, traffic and air quality effect of the proposed Booths store.

Dransfield plans to demolish the neighbouring Market Hall and build an Asda supermarket in its place.

John Thow, head of planning, later said there was no indication of how long it will now take the council to act on the issues raised.

John Bailie, of Blackpool Old Road, said: “The town needs regeneration and investment badly, it’s just a shame it can’t be done with more partnership.

“Commercial, council and community interests should come together to make something special for the town.”