Green light for Blackpool aparthotel

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UK: Planners have giving consent for the conversion of the former Langley Dance Centre on Blackpool's Coronation Street into a nine-key aparthotel.

The green light follows approval by Blackpool Council last month for a restaurant on the ground floor of the same three-storey property.

Blackpool hotelier Tony Banks, who operates a number of businesses in the town under his Blackpool Promotions banner, is behind both developments.

Banks said the opening next year of the new £26 million conference centre at the Winter Gardens is fuelling demand for aparthotel accommodation: "The new aparthotel at Coronation Street is phase one of a planned roll-out of quality serviced accommodation throughout the resort. We have identified a growing need for quality accommodation in this sector and with the planned opening of the new conference centre at the Winter Gardens we feel the location of these suites will be perfect to help fulfil the requirements of the attending delegates."

Blackpool Promotions, which operates mainly coach holidays, brings in more than 150,000 visitors a year to the resort.

The suites on Coronation Street will include three with two bedrooms, four with one-bedroom and two studios, all managed by staff at the nearby Ruskin whose facilities would also be available for use by guests.

Both the restaurant and the aparthotel are scheduled open in March next year.

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