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Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

MAR­BLE Place Shop­ping Cen­tre is set to be de­mol­ished and re­placed by a new seven-storey ho­tel, un­der rad­i­cal plans sub­mit­ted to Sefton Coun­cil.

The multi-mil­lion pound ho­tel would re­tain some shop­ping units, though some would be re­placed by the re­cep­tion and lobby area in a scheme which could kick­start the re­gen­er­a­tion of the town.

The plans have been sub­mit­ted by Hum­ber­side In­vest­ments Ltd, and would see the shop­ping cen­tre, which is spread be­tween Tulketh Street and Chapel Street, par­tially de­mol­ished for the build­ing of the 96-bed­room ho­tel.

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, the devel­op­ment would re­sult in the loss of kiosk units, a charity shop and the To Die For cafe from the cen­tre.

While the ar­cade cur­rently also houses clothes shop TK Maxx, Craw­shaw Butch­ers and dis­count store Savers, it is not yet known if any of these shops would be re­main af­ter the devel­op­ment, or if they would be re­placed by new ten­ants.

The devel­op­ers state the new ho­tel would bring “iden­tity and func­tion­al­ity” to the Chapel Street area and to the town cen­tre as a whole.

The ap­pli­ca­tion states: “This ho­tel pro­posal rep­re­sents a ma­jor in­vest­ment in South­port town cen­tre.

“It will gen­er­ate jobs, boost tourism and con­trib­ute to the vi­tal­ity and vi­a­bil­ity of the town cen­tre.

“The scheme is of a high-qual­ity de­sign and may serve to act as a cat­a­lyst for fur­ther in­vest­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion in the town cen­tre.”

Lib Dem coun­cil­lor Tony Daw­son has wel­comed the devel­op­ment as a sign of con­fi­dence in South­port’s fu­ture.

He said: “This is fan­tas­tic news, demon­strat­ing a great deal of faith in the fu­ture of South­port’s vis­i­tor economy.

“Dif­fer­ent as­pects of our town cen­tre and seafront area are mov­ing for­wards and back­wards at the same time at the mo­ment.

“But this project out­weighs many of the smaller set­backs.

“It is a huge project which will have taken many, many months to work up.

“It is, in my view, just

A de­vel­oper wants to re­place the ex­ist­ing Mar­ble Place shop­ping cen­tre, in South­port town cen­tre, with new shops and a new ho­tel, in­set, be­low Cap­tion

An artist’s plan for the ho­tel and shops which a de­vel­oper in­tends to put where Mar­ble Place now stands

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