Church Street Blackpool p.Google Earth snapshot

Syndicate was demolished in 2014. The site is occupied by a car park and temporary dentist's. Credit: Google Earth

Blackpool plans car park on former Syndicate site 

A 700-space multistorey car park is planned for a town centre plot that previously housed one of the largest nightclubs in the country, famed for its revolving dancefloor. 

Blackpool Council has recognised an increased need for town centre parking provision due to various redevelopment projects that are coming forward or nearing completion. 

“The need to procure new parking provision in pursuit of Blackpool Council’s corporate, planning, transport and growth objectives is becoming pressing,” according to a report to Blackpool’s executive. 

Schemes such as the extended Houndshill Shopping Centre, £300m Blackpool Central, and a new civil service head office at the Talbot Gateway, have increased the need for more parking spaces. 

To cope with rising demand, the council is planning to build a multistorey car park off Church Street and King Street. 

The site was previously home to Syndicate before the club was demolished in 2014. 

It currently houses a temporary dentist’s surgery, a surface car park, and various properties. 

As well as a car park, the site could also accommodate a discount food store but this would depend on commercial interest, the report states. 

While it owns the majority of the site, Blackpool Council said it may have to exercise compulsory purchase powers to take control of five properties off King Street if negotiations are unsuccessful. 

A multistorey car park double the size of the one planned on the Syndicate site is currently under construction as part of the first phase of Blackpool Central. 

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