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Muse Developments £220m scheme approved

Blackpool planners have given Muse Developments the go-ahead for a £220 million regeneration of the town.

The work, focused on the north-east section of the town centre, will see Muse build more than 100,000 sq ft of office and business space, a 90,000 sq ft supermarket, four hotels, shops, cafes, restaurants, residential units and a doctor’s surgery.

Taking pride of place in the Talbot Gateway scheme will be a public square opposite the train station.

Muse regional director Mike Horner said: “The development will completely transform this part of Blackpool, providing a much needed catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.

“The creation of a vibrant new commercial district around the train station with supporting retail and leisure facilities, as well as huge improvements to the public realm, will create hundreds of new jobs and retain many successful businesses in the town centre. It will also help attract new investment, and new occupiers and visitors to the town.”

Work on the project, delivered in partnership with Blackpool Council, urban regeneration company ReBlackpool and the Northwest Regional Development Agency, will begin 2011.