Blackpool hotel plans were turned down over fears it would damage the resort

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A bid to use a Blackpool hotel as a base for digital nomads has been rejected by town hall planners.

Duncan Ridgely had requested permission to use the 25-room Hotel Lucena on Barton Avenue as accommodations for people who could work remotely from any destination. Digital nomadism is a growing lifestyle choice for people who want to combine their work with the ability to travel and live in different places.

Documents supporting the application state: ‘Every guest who stays comes to experience Blackpool as a tourist once they have finished their day’s work, which just happens at the hotel while working remotely on his laptop.

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“So being in the main holiday area of ​​South Beach Blackpool is perfect for them. They are “working tourists” and they don’t come just for work. They are therefore different from entrepreneurs whose primary motivation for coming to Blackpool is to make money. ”

According to the proposals, the hotel would offer shared office space and kitchen facilities, a games room/cinema as well as bedrooms. But city planners rejected the request for permission, saying the needs of digital nomads would be “more suited to a residential area”, while the project was seen as closer to a hostel than a hotel.

A report setting out the reasons for the decision states: “The use of holiday accommodation property by digital nomads within a defined and protected holiday accommodation area would impair the character and function of that area and would have a negative impact on the station.

He adds: “The expectation that residents would use communal kitchen facilities to cook their own meals would be markedly different from that of a hotel and would be more like a hostel or an HMO (multiple occupancy house). The typical length of stay for a resident would also be very different from what would normally be expected in a hotel and would exceed the common understanding of the function and character of hotel use.

The request, which related to a certificate of lawful use of the premises, was refused by delegation of powers.

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