Council prepares CPO for Blackpool Central as plans for town’s biggest investment in a century move forward

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Blackpool Council is preparing to exercise compulsory purchase power to acquire ten acres off Central Drive, in order to begin Phase One of the £300m Blackpool Central entertainment complex.


The area, which includes 26 houses, a car park, a former cinema, a pub, and several retail units, is earmarked for the first three phases of the Council’s joint venture with Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment – a development that will bring the Chariots of the Gods to Britain’s top seaside town.

“To date it has not been possible to acquire all these interests and the council is satisfied that there is a compelling case in the public interest for resorting to powers of compulsory acquisition,” said a statement from the council.

“Otherwise the comprehensive redevelopment will not be able to be completed within a reasonable timeframe.”

The complex will feature as anchor tenant a Chariots of The Gods Entertainment Park, with Phase One delivering the park alongside an Adventureland gaming park, VR centre, multimedia exhibition space, food hall, events square and 150-bedroom hotel.

Golden Mile Amusements, Madame Tussauds and SeaLife Blackpool form part of Phases Three and Four, but are not included as part of the CPO.

The development is expected to begin construction this summer, with full completion scheduled for 2030.

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