A significant six-figure funding boost for St Annes town centre is a step nearer after the first brick was laid at a new retail park.
Planning gain cash worth £350,000 has been paid out to Fylde Council after construction began on the new Booths store at the former Government Work and Pensions site at Heyhouses Lane.
Planning gain cash under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act was agreed with the developer when planning permission for the Heyhouses site, which includes housing and a pub as well as a new Booths store, was granted.
The intention is to use it to complete the regeneration of St Annes town centre, including improvements to areas such as Park Road, The Crescent and St Andrew’s Road South.
Fylde Council’s regeneration chief Paul Drinnan said: “The funding is with the council.
“It is hoped the work in St Annes town centre can start shortly, with the input of the chamber of trade and town council, and continue over the next few years.”
As well as the cash for St Annes, £70,000 will be spent in Ansdell, which Booths are vacating to move to Heyhouses as part of the Woodlands Road regeneration scheme.
A further £100,000, expected to be used in St Annes, will come once building work begins at the former Pontins site on Clifton Drive North, for which the land owners have confirmed they are preparing a planning application.