Posted on: Sun Dec 8 by Tom Barlow
Yesterday 16th Dec Committee Members of Blackpool Park Golf Club were invited to discuss the future of the golf course with the developer Holmes Investment Properties, at a meeting in council offices Bickerstaff House Blackpool.
One area of the discussion which should be of great concern for the public of Blackpool is in regard to the ownership of the land once a contract is signed between Blackpool Council and HIP.
We originally understood that the West Side of the course was protected from any future development, but as this area will form part of the lease, and it would appear under the right set of circumstances this land along with the East Side could also be subject to development!
It is our understanding that under current EU and British Law any lease that is in excess of seven years gives the lease holder ownership of the land. Once the contracts are signed and HIP own the land, if they decide that their development is not viable they can sell the lease on to another developer.
The only crumb of consolation, is that the lease would restrict any possible housing development on the land.
As we said in our last email protecting the land now by securing a Deed of Dedication is more vital than ever, and time is pressing as contracts may be signed as early as March 2020.
Our main priority in early 2020 will be promoting the proposition to have Blackpool Council approve an application for a Deed of Dedication not just for the golf course land, but for the whole of Stanley Park, Salisbury Woodland and all its adjacent Sporting and Open Green Spaces.
As we warned last time, just because most of these areas of land are currently within a conservation area, that is absolutely no guarantee that the land will remain protected from this type aggressive development.
This land belongs to the people of Blackpool not the Council and definitely not HIP.
What is really hard to understand is that a Socialist Council can so willingly gift away pubic land to the private sector, the profits from which will be paid to the company investors who have no interest in Blackpool other than monetary gain.
“The Grinch of Christmas”
(Thank Goodness That’s All Over)
You may recall that we sent out emails to all the prospective candidates who were standing for the parliamentary elections?
In those emails, and following the outcome of the elections, we asked the prospective candidates to work together to encourage Blackpool Town Councillors to take forward a motion to protect the land to the east of East Park Drive in perpetuity with a Deed of Dedication.
Such a Deed can only be applied for by the owners of the land, as the land is owned by the people of Blackpool, any representation by our Councillors should be sufficient for the Council to make an application on behalf of the people of the town.
The results are in and Scott Benton was elected to represent Blackpool South.
With Paul Maynard being re-elected for Blackpool North..
Both these MP’s will serve a term of five years for the length of the next parliament.
Both have also been vocal and active in supporting our campaign.
So we will be contacting them to ask that they lead on a proposition to have Blackpool Council approve an application for a Deed of Dedication not just for this land but for the whole of Stanley Park, Salisbury Woodland and all its adjacent Sporting and Open Green Spaces..
This is because, although most of these areas of land are currently within a conservation area, that is no absolute guarantee that the land will remain protected in the future from aggressive development.