Blackpool Council is getting ready to make use of obligatory buy powers to safe land for a £300m leisure advanced.
It means land and property homeowners inside the boundaries of land earmarked for the ‘Blackpool Central’ challenge can anticipate to be compelled to promote up so redevelopment can begin quickly.
The primary tenant of the redeveloped web site would be the Chariots of the Gods Leisure Park – an indoor theme and journey park impressed by books from the 1960s and 70s by Swiss writer Erich von Däniken.
The books discover a idea that alien visitations impressed historical civilisations.
The leisure advanced will likely be ‘based mostly upon unsolved mysteries of the previous, such because the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, historical cave drawings, the monuments of Easter Island and alien guests’, Blackpool Council says.
It can additionally characteristic the UK’s first ‘Flying Theatre’, a trip which goals to recreate the sensation of ‘human flight’.
The council has signed an exclusivity settlement with developer Nikal and Media Make investments Leisure, who personal the rights to von Däniken’s work, to redevelop a 17-acre web site off Central Drive.
The event may also embody flats, two lodges and a carpark.
The council has mentioned it’s ‘working intently with each events to assist ‘unlock’ this improvement alternative which is envisaged to be delivered over a number of phases over an eight to nine-year interval’.
The land inside the proposed obligatory buy web site is bounded by New Bonny Road to the North and Chapel Road to the South. On the east of the positioning is Central Drive and to the West is Bonny Road.
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Part one of many improvement is predicted to characteristic an indoor journey sports activities centre, the flying theatre, arcades, laser tag, bumper automobiles, a digital actuality expertise, an exhibition exploring theories that aliens influenced historical civilisations and an alien-themed diner, in addition to a resort and an occasions sq..
Residential property, meals and drinks shops, one other resort and automotive parking is predicted to comply with.
Blackpool Council mentioned of the obligatory buy plan: “To this point, it has not been doable to amass all these pursuits and the council is happy that there’s a compelling instances within the public curiosity for resorting to powers of obligatory acquisition.
“In any other case the excellent redevelopment will be unable to be accomplished inside an affordable timeframe.”
The native authority is known to be in negotiations with companies together with BT, who’ve an curiosity within the land. A lot of it’s taken up by a carpark, however there’s additionally a pub, retailers and a former cinema inside the boundaries.
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It’s estimated that the event will attract 600,000 extra guests a 12 months with a mixed annual spend of £75 million, creating 1,000 jobs.
The challenge may also see Blackpool Magistrates’ Courtroom transfer to the positioning of the previous Devonshire Highway Hospital.
Final 12 months, a report back to the council’s government mentioned: “The flexibility to develop out the entire web site and full the grasp plan offered by the builders can’t be understated with its transformational advantages bringing about higher alternatives for customer points of interest, native employment and provide chain spend and normal financial progress throughout the resort.”
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