Blackpool businessman submits plans for £500k spa at newest acquisition three months after takeover

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A businessman in Blackpool with four hotels in his portfolio has submitted plans to convert his newest and fifth hotel acquisition.

Tony Banks, of Blackpool Promotions, has put forward a proposal to create a new spa at the 71-bedroom Ruskin Hotel on Albert Road, after acquiring the property in June.

He also wants to create a first-floor bridge to the link the back of the hotel with an accommodation block and the transformation of a garage into the new spa.

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Banks already owns The Royal Carlton, The Royal Seabank, The Boston and Southbank.

A report to Blackpool Planning Committee says: “The proposal represents a significant investment on the part of the applicants in a main holiday accommodation area.

“It will bring an existing run down building back into full use which will see its complete renovation and refurbishment.”

The report adds the proposal “will ultimately improve the visual appearance of the block thus having a positive impact in the locality and creating confidence in the business sector.”

Councillors will consider the application when they meet on August 1.

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