Morgan Sindall's regeneration business Muse Developments has won planning permission for the Talbot Gateway, a £220m project in Blackpool’s town centre.
The 25-acre scheme comprises more than 330,000 sq ft of office and business space, including a new headquarters for Blackpool Council, plus a 90,000 sq ft food-store, four hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Talbot Gateway development also features residential units and a new doctor’s surgery.
It will regenerate the north-east area of the town centre, around Blackpool North station and Talbot Road.
Salford-based Muse aims to start on site with the first phase in 2011, which will comprise the council offices and food-store, plus public realm and infrastructure improvements.
Mike Horner, regional director at Muse, said: “The Talbot Gateway development is a key component of the new era which Blackpool is facing and we are delighted that the application has been recommended for approval.
"The creation of a vibrant new commercial district around the train station with supporting retail and leisure facilities, as well as huge improvements to the public realm, will create hundreds of new jobs and retain many successful businesses in the town centre.
"It will also help attract new investment, and new occupiers and visitors to the town."
Doug Garrett, chief executive of urban regeneration company ReBlackpool, said: “The £220m regeneration project will deliver an impressive arrival experience for those coming into Blackpool by rail and ultimately will create employment and further opportunities for investment in the local economy."