Blackpool church to continue as self-storage facility after fall in worshippers

A former Blackpool church has swapped spiritual guidance for storage space after it fell out of favour with worshippers.

Blackpool Council planners have agreed to allow Waterloo Road Methodist Church in South Shore to continue to operate as a self-storage facility after dwindling congregations forced its closure several years ago.

Previously the site at the junction between Waterloo Road, Ansdell Road, Marton Drive, and Hawes Side Lane had been designated for housing.


But plans approved in 2019 for a three-storey block of 12 flats have never been delivered due to changing market conditions.

The council’s Planning Committee approved an application for the church to be used as storage for a temporary period of three years but councillors said they hoped a housing scheme would eventually come forward.

Coun Fred Jackson said: “One of the things that worries me is how applications that have been passed never happen. Housing was part of the plans for this site and something we wanted.

“It concerns me that applications come before the council and then they don’t do it. So I’m happy with the condition that this is for three years only and that is important.”