A derelict hotel in Blackpool, which was once named as the filthiest in Europe, is to be given a new lease of life after a transformation project was approved by planners.
New owner businessman Tony Banks acquired the rundown Grosvenor Hotel earlier this year and will now plough a six-figure sum into converting the property into a new boutique hotel to revive the business after years of closure.
Banks also owns the neighbouring Ruskin Hotel, which he took over in May 2017, and once open, will operate both hotels jointly, with a total of more than 90 bedrooms between them.
The ground-floor frontage, bar, stage and dance floor at the Grosvenor Hotel will be refurbished into a 250-seat cabaret venue, with the building’s basement earmarked for spa and leisure facilities.
Planners, who approved the application using their delegated powers, concluded: “Economically the proposal would bring a derelict hotel back into active use and the improvements to the appearance of the building would be beneficial to the other hotel businesses on the street.”