Planners call for refusal of play centre plans on site empty for nine years

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard
Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard

Planners are being urged to turn down a bid for an indoor play centre in Blackpool when they meet tomorrow.

Glyn Tate and Robert Woollin want to launch the enterprise on a site on Moor Park Avenue in Bispham.

I believe other uses for the site should be considered

But Blackpool Council’s planning committee is being recommended to refuse the application when it meets tomorrow because it would mean the loss of industrial land.

However planning officers added that if councillors do approve the proposal, they should consider limiting the permission to five years to see if the business succeeds.

A report to the committee says the proposal “would result in the loss of safeguarded employment land to a non-employment use”.

It adds: “It would have a detrimental impact on Blackpool’s future employment land supply and the proposed redevelopment.”

But the applicants says the unit has been vacant since 2006.

They add “The proposed centre would be a fantastic opportunity for children and families across all social economic groups in the Bispham and wider area, providing them a safe environment to play and mix.

“We have discussed the project with heads of local schools and nurseries who have all indicated positive support for a local community service as proposed.”

The scheme also has the backing of Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard who has written to the committee urging them to approve it.

He says in his letter; “I believe other uses for the site should be considered given the site has been unoccupied for nine years.

“I do not, therefore, have any concerns that granting this application would result in the ‘potential loss of employment land’.”

A survey of nearby residents by the applicant has also shown support for the scheme, and no objections have so far been submitted to the council.