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A huge £300 million indoor theme park is set to open in Blackpool.
Plans for the mega attraction, which will house three indoor theme parks, a food hall and swanky holiday apartments, have been given the green light by councillors this week.
According to reports, work is set to start on the heritage quarter site next year and will take 10 years to complete.
The venture, which has been put forward by Nikal Ltd, will see the Grade II-listed former King Edward VII Cinema turned into a food hall with outdoor dining areas.
The King Edward VII pub is also set to be renovated, while the King Edward VII apartment building will also be turned into a hotel.
It will boast a series of adventure courses with rope trails and climbing walls, and even experience 4D rides and VR experiences.
Visitors will also be able to ride around in bumper cars and play games like laser tag.
And not to mention there will be a seven-storey car park, with space for over 1,000 cars.
The first phase of the development will include the car park and the heritage quarter, and it's estimated that it will take around two years to build.
Dates for the second phase, which will include the attractions and theme parks, are yet to be announced.
Speaking about the plans being approved by the council, the Chief Executive of Nikal, Richard Fee, said it was a "key moment for levelling up Blackpool's visitor economy post Covid".
Norbert Reichart, the chief executive at Media Invest Entertainment who are also working on the attractions, said it was vital for the town.
He said: "This decision is fantastic news for the rejuvenation of the town.
"Blackpool is the undisputed entertainment capital of the UK and our scheme will help cement the town as a must-visit year-round destination for generations to come."
And council leader Lynn Williams said it would have a massive impact on the area, bringing "skilled year-round job opportunities, extra footfall and revenue to local businesses".
She added that it would also breathe new life "into a rundown and neglected part of the town".