Blackpool Central plans out for consultation

Blackpool central development out for consultation
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The developers behind the £300m Blackpool Central complex have launched a public consultation on the project, as a planning application gets underway for phase one of the ambitious project.


Nikal and Media Investment Entertainment have launched a public consultation for the £300m entertainment complex Blackpool Central, as the developers prepare a planning application for the first phase of the project.

When completed, the “world-class leisure destination” is expected to attract an additional 600,000 annual visitors to the town while boosting spend by £75m, and will occupy a 17-acre site on the Golden Mile.

“We’re looking to create a world-class leisure destination that will add to Blackpool’s current offer and attract hundreds of thousands of new visitors every year,” said Nikal chair Richard Fee.

“This planning application for the enabling phase will allow us to deliver the new multi-storey car park and the Heritage Quarter, where we’re planning to create a new Artisan Food Hall. We want to understand and listen to what the local community, local businesses and visitors to Blackpool think of this game-changing opportunity.”

The multi-storey car park will offer 1,300-spaces for visitors, while the Heritage Quarter will repurpose the grade II-listed former King Edward VII Picture House as the central food hall, and the King Edward VII pub as a new hotel, after the council exercised compulsory purchase power to acquire the ten acres off Central Drive.

The larger development will feature as anchor tenant a Chariots of The Gods Entertainment Park, alongside an Adventureland gaming park, VR centre, multimedia exhibition space, and events square.

“The new indoor theme park will provide all year, all weather family entertainment,” said Media Invest Entertainment CEO Norbert Reichart. “With a mix of attractions, using some of the world’s latest technology, it’s set to become one of the UK’s most exciting destinations. We’re looking forward to hearing what people think about the plans.”

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