Food hub plans for Blackpool resubmitted after update

The South Beach Streetfood site in Blackpool
The South Beach Streetfood site in Blackpool -Credit:LDRS

Food hub plans for a site in Blackpool's South Shore have been resubmitted to the council after an update. Councillors approved an application in spring last year to transform a site on Flagstaff Gardens, owned by the council.

Developers Nick Lowe, Jamie Willacy and Andrew Bradshaw wanted to use shipping containers to create a trendy food hub called Southbeach Streetfood offering a variety of options for diners. So far work to launch the project has not started, but an application to update some of the conditions of the approval has now been lodged with town hall planners.

Proposed amendments include the removal of boundary walls to Simpson Street and Withnell Road, the introduction of a first-floor canopy and amendments to the decking and landscaping. Planning permission is already in place for the installation of 19 shipping containers as part of a project which has been designed by local architect Joseph Boniface.


When the scheme was first put forward, developers said they hoped to serve fresh food from around the globe sourced from local suppliers, at a venue similar to street food destinations which have already proved popular elsewhere. There would be seating for up to 400 diners, and entertainment space to host events and music, with screens to show big sporting occasions.

The plans were put forward after the council advertised for prospective operators for the site between Withnell Road and Osborne Road which was previously home to the Carnesky’s Ghost Train, operated by the council. A street food hall opened in the refurbished Abingdon Street Market in Blackpool town centre in May last year and has proved a success.

It boasts an open-plan seating area, surrounded by street food vendors, two bars and a coffee house and also holds regular entertainment.