Prom developer threatens to pull out

THE boss of a development company which wants to build on the promenade says he will abandon the project unless the people of Morecambe back him.

Tom Bloxham, head of Urban Splash, hit out after public opposition to plans to build a mixed use development near the Midland Hotel, which his company refurbished in 2008.

“I believe that Urban Splash have a great vision for Morecambe,” said Mr Bloxham.

“Many people were sceptical that we wouldn’t deliver the Midland Hotel and I think we’ve done something that everyone in Morecambe can be proud of.

“We want to do more work here.

“Having said that, if the consensus is they don’t want Urban Splash here, so be it.

“I only want to work in towns and cities which want us to be there and there are lots of other towns and cities, apart from Morecambe, that are in need of regeneration, and in desperate need of treatment by somebody like Urban Splash.”

Urban Splash want to build a mixture of high-rise flats, shops, cafes and a leisure facility.

But the scheme has stalled after opposition to the size and density of the buildings proposed.

In April this year Urban Splash sold the Midland to charity the Lancaster Foundation for an undisclosed sum.

THE boss of a development company who want to build on the promenade says he will abandon the project unless the people of Morecambe back him.

Tom Bloxam, head of Urban Splash, hit out after public opposition to plans to build a mixed use development near the Midland Hotel, which his company refurbished in 2008.

“I believe that Urban Splash have a great vision for Morecambe,” said Mr Bloxam.

“Many people were sceptical that we wouldn’t deliver the Midland Hotel and I think we’ve done something that everyone in Morecambe can be proud of.

“We want to do more work here.

“Having said that, if the consensus is they don’t want Urban Splash here, so be it.

“I only want to work in towns and cities which want us to be there and there are lots of other towns and cities, apart from Morecambe, that are in need of regeneration, and in desperate need of treatment by somebody like Urban Splash.”

Urban Splash want to build a mixture of high-rise flats, shops, cafes and a leisure facility.

But the scheme has stalled after opposition to the size and density of the buildings proposed.

In April this year Urban Splash sold the Midland to charity the Lancashire Foundation for an undisclosed fee.

“Contrary to the partial and negative reporting of what Urban Splash’s chairman, Tom Bloxham, recently said in a radio interview, Urban Splash have confirmed to the city council that they are committed to bringing forward comprehensive regeneration proposals for the central promenade area in Morecambe.

“The reality is, if you listen to the whole interview, Tom Bloxham was very positive and complimentary about the recent developments in Morecambe and the town’s prospects for the future.

“The current position with the central promenade proposals is that Urban Splash is currently in the process of preparing all the outstanding information that is needed to respond to issues which have been raised by statutory consultees. It is hoped that this work is completed soon and the council will then be in a position to determine the planning application.”

David Robinson: “I think people underestimate Morecambe. As long as they are of the right quality there is definitely a market for that kind of development. You could say the Midland blocks the view for some people. Morecambe is a great place to live and I wouldn’t live anywhere different. Sometimes you just have to take a chance.”