A decision to approve appropriation powers for land off Central Drive will pave the way for the construction of a 1,300-space multistorey car park, the first stage of the 17-acre leisure development from Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment.
The plans call for Blackpool Central’s multistorey car park to replace an existing surface level car park. But in order to do so, there needs to be a safe working perimeter around it. Blackpool Council’s push to acquire the land and sell it on to developers is to provide that perimeter.
A council report on the proposed land acquisition said that failing to appropriate the land could lead to significant delays. Those delays could “put the whole project in jeopardy”, it said.
The council is moving quickly and is already in negotiations with leaseholders of 13-17, 19, 21, 31, and 33 Central Drive to complete the transaction.
Dutch firm Ballast Nedam is set to build the car park, which was designed by Stripe Consulting.
When complete in 2029, the council estimates that the wider £300m Blackpool Central scheme will create 1,000 jobs and bring in 600,000 visitors a year.