The possibility of a second amusement park at Blackpool has moved a step closer after the resort’s council claimed it is close to drafting agreements for the development of the Central Station site as a new leisure destination.
Representatives from Blackpool Council met with investors in May to set out their proposals for the site, now named the Central Leisure Quarter. Following successful discussions, contracts are set to be drafted for the scheme, which has been kept closely guarded since 2016, when the council entered an exclusivity agreement with an unnamed developer.
The exclusivity deal was signed in November 2016, following a visit by council leaders to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida.
In a report, council leader Simon Blackburn said the plans included new “world class” attractions, including some that would be the first of their kind in the UK. He wrote: “On May 21, the development team was invited to give a presentation to the council’s leadership team on their proposals for the site. “The proposals presented were aimed at meeting the aspirations of the council for a major leisure development befitting of Blackpool’s rich history and heritage and include a number of world class attractions, some of which will be the first in the UK.
“The development would also seek to replace the loss of car parking within the town centre and would be appealing to a wide variety of people, from seasonal visitors to local residents.
“Most importantly, the scheme would play a catalytic role in the continuing revitalisation of Blackpool’s visitor economy, providing a wide range of employment opportunities and regeneration for the benefit of the local community.”
Blackburn said the council and the developer had agreed to continue to work towards the next phase of the scheme and “commence drafting out the contractual terms.”
These will then be further scrutinised by the council prior to finalising legal agreements, at which stage full details of the proposals will be revealed.