Log flume compromises historic pier setting

An inspector was not prepared to approve the permanent retention of a log flume fun ride adjacent to a locally listed pier in Blackpool, after concluding it adversely affected its setting and the wider area of the seafront.

The council had granted permission for a two-year period on the basis that it would enable the upgrading of the pier which had initially accommodated the ride. The inspector noted that the log flume was some 12 metres in height and was prominent along the promenade. Its scale, height and massing did not fit well with the upgraded promenade which presented an attractive public area. Nor did it relate well to the pier from which it was physically separated. Additional landscaping would not significantly mitigate this harm.

Inspector: David Storrie; Written representations

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