Blackpool eyes December adoption for local plan 

A discount food store on the site of the former Syndicate nightclub is among proposals mapped out in the council’s overarching development strategy, which goes out for consultation next month.

The site of the former venue on Church Street, which closed in 2011 and is owned by Blackpool Council, is earmarked for a 27,000 sq ft food store and a multistorey car park under the Blackpool Local Plan. 

The site is currently used as a surface car park after Syndicate, famed for its revolving dancefloor, was demolished in 2016. 

National planning policy dictates that Blackpool must deliver 2,893 homes by 2027 when the local plan period would end, 750 of which would come forward across three sites – Moss House Road, Whyndyke and Runnell Farm – according to the council.

Further sites allocated for residential development under the local plan include the former Bispham High School plot, where council-led plans for 176 homes were approved earlier this month, and seven acres that form part of the wider Foxhall Village regeneration project, which are earmarked for an additional 192 homes. 

Earlier phases of Foxhall were being developed by Hollinwood Homes, part of the wider Marcus Worthington Group, before it appointed administrators last year.

Great Places Housing Group is to deliver the third phase of homes at Foxhall, according to Blackpool Council.

Elsewhere, 90 homes are in the pipeline at the former National Savings and Investments site off Preston New Road and Mythop Road, under plans submitted by developer Rowland.

Meanwhile, land at the tram depot on Rigby Road that was previously allocated for 100 houses has been removed from the latest iteration of the local plan. 

Blackpool Council aims to adopt the framework at the end of 2021. 

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