Office plans for landmark Blackpool pub

Posted on by John Cronin

Plans have been submitted to convert a well-known Blackpool pub in to office accommodation.

Oxford pubThe Oxford Hotel (pictured), in Oxford Square, Marton, Blackpool has been recently sold at auction for £120,000 and the new owners plan to convert the building in to offices. The premises have been vacant for several years.

Despite the wishes of the local pub landlords association, there is a presumption that councillors will approve the planning application. Dave Daly, chairman of the landlords’ group Licensees Unite, said: “It is a shame for the local community as even with Marton Institute across the road, there aren’t many pubs in the area. And it’s a great shame if the council can’t say no to the change of use”.

The new owners of The Oxford are Arena Digital who specialise in commercial audio and video productions. The company plan to extend the building by means of adding a first-floor extension, creating a new entrance and demolishing a storage building to create a car park. Arena Digital are to relocate around 25 staff from existing premises on the nearby Marton Industrial Estate.

Arena Digital plan to occupy approximately 6,000 ft of the office floor space leaving 2,400 sq ft available for sub-letting. The company has plans to offer serviced office facilities for local, small and start-up businesses. It is suggested that the serviced offices could accommodate up to 20 people who would use a central reception area and shared facilities. Indicative rental prices have not yet been disclosed.

A decision on the planning application is expected in early August.

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