Fragrance Hotel, Fragrance Group, p planning docs

The scheme is Fragrance's third in the town. Credit: via planning documents

Blackpool permits pair of promenade projects

Fragrance Group’s 143-bedroom hotel and the redevelopment of former bed and breakfasts into apartments have been given the go-ahead.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee granted permission for two projects on the seafront south of the town centre yesterday, as well as greenlighting its own plans for a £65m skills hub.

Singapore-based Fragrance Group has been granted permission to build a 143-bedroom hotel where three bed and breakfasts once stood.

Fragrance Group was given consent last year to demolish St Chads Hotel, Lyric Hotel, and Regency Apartments to pave the way for a new hotel.

The four-star replacement, designed by Falconer Chester Hall, would span six storeys.

Geospatial Engineering Services and Civil Remediation are on the professional team.

Hydrock is also on the design team, providing various consultancy services including in acoustics, civil and structural engineering, MEP, fire, transport, and water environment.

Fragrance bought the 90-bedroom St Chads Hotel in 2018 for an undisclosed sum, its third acquisition on Blackpool’s promenade. The company also owns the neighbouring Lyndene Hotel and the Imperial Hotel, which is located in North Shore.

To learn more about the project search for reference 23/0848 on Blackpool Council’s planning portal. 

New South Promenade apartments, Coastway Developments, p planning documents

Plans for the scheme were lodged two years ago. Credit: via planning documents

Further south, Isle of Man-based Coastway Developments was granted consent to demolish Skye, Colwyn and Headlands hotels on New South Promenade would and build 89 apartments.

The Ruppert family, which owns the hotels, lodged a brace of applications in 2022 seeking consent to build two apartment blocks at either end of a crescent of buildings in the South Shore area of Blackpool.

At the northern end of the site, the first development would provide 49 apartments replacing the vacant Skye and Colwyn hotels on the corner of New South Promenade and Burlington Road West.

At the southern end of the crescent, the second development would replace the Headlands Hotel, providing 40 apartments on the corner of Harrowside West and New South Promenade.

The developments form the next phase of the crescent’s regeneration, following the creation of the Hilton by Hampton in 2016. The proposed apartment blocks would site either side of the Hilton.

David Cox Architects is leading on design and Smith & Love Planning Consultants is advising on planning. To learn more about the project, search for reference numbers 22/0168 and 22/0178 on Blackpool Council’s planning portal.

David Cox, director of David Cos Architects, said: “This development is another successful step forward in the investment of Blackpool promenade and aims to revitalise the South Shore area to attract more people to live and work in the town.

“It’s been a long-awaited project, with two years since plans were initially submitted, so the team is thrilled with this result and we’re looking forward to progressing to the delivery stage.”

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