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New state-of-the-art courthouse approved for Blackpool

 

Blackpool’s judicial infrastructure and urban renewal has received significant investment with a £48 million courthouse approved by Blackpool Council.

 

Green light

Blackpool Council have given the green light for a new £48 million state-of-the-art courthouse to be constructed, this new development marking a major milestone in the judicial infrastructure development of the town. The planning committee gave unanimous planning approval for the development which will take the form of a three-storey court building on the corner of Talbot Road and Devonshire Road. The urgency of the development is highlighted by the closure of the magistrates courts on Bonny Street, this building deemed to be unsafe and in need of major work due to crumbling concrete.

 

State-of-the-art

This new development will replace the existing facilities and also create a more modern state-of-the-art judicial facility which will include family, civil and magistrates court rooms. £40 million of the cost of the development has been provided by the Levelling Up fund from the UK government as well as £8 million which comes from the Town Deal.

 

Demanding schedule

Developers for the project have been tasked with a very tight and demanding schedule and the target for the start of construction is Autumn 2024 with a projected completion date of summer 2026. The approval of this major project is a firm testament to the continued progress, investment and optimism in and around Blackpool. This will be a facility that will serve the needs of the local community while itself acting as something of a catalyst for any future development projects. Blackpool has been enjoying a journey towards modernisation and regeneration for the past few years and this project is a major step in this journey.