The council voted to uphold an earlier decision to sell 39 acres at Stanley Park Golf Club to bring forward a $45m leisure development, despite strong opposition from residents.
The sale had already been approved by Blackpool Council’s executive committee in July. But the council ruled that a full council meeting was required to make a final call on the controversial disposal, on the grounds that insufficient consideration had been given to the concerns raised by residents at the time.
Councillors were asked this week whether to uphold the July decision or refer the matter back to the executive committee for further consideration. Overall, 17 members voted to uphold the land sale while 13 voted against.
United Kingdom Adventure Parks, a subsidiary of real estate investor Holmes Investment Properties, is now expected to lodge a planning application for the scheme.
UKAP’s plans include building 250 holiday lodges on the site and an Adrenalin World adventure centre – an entertainment centre brand headed up by tennis player-turned-leisure mogul, David Lloyd.
Later stages of the scheme include the refurbishment of the golf club’s clubhouse, however, the creation of the leisure complex will see the existing course, founded in 1926, reduced from 18 holes to nine.
Last year, a petition against the scheme garnered 8,000 signatures but councillors voted not to act on it.
Liverpool-based architect Ryder Architecture and Manchester-based consultancy Hydrock are on the project team for the proposed scheme, alongside planning consultant Iceni Projects.
UKAP is expected to sign a lease of between 99 and 125 years for its portion of the golf course site, according to Blackpool Council.