Decision to be made on Market Walk plan

How a cinema could look on Market Walk, Chorley

How a cinema could look on Market Walk, Chorley

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Plans for a £12.9m extension to Chorley’s Market Walk shopping precinct could be rubber stamped tonight.

The planning application will be considered at Chorley Council’s development control committee, after being deferred at an earlier meeting, and it has been recommended for approval.

It follows councillors unanimously agreeing to press ahead with the extension when the full council met last Tuesday.

The council wants to extend Market Walk to bring a multiplex cinema, restaurant and new retailers to the town.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “When we bought the Market Walk shopping centre the aim was to make it a development that would attract more people into our town centre and increase footfall for all the businesses.

“What we are seeing is that town centres need to have a good mix of shops but also places people can spend their leisure time too.

“We have based the plans on what people have told us they would like to see in Chorley and we are here to deliver that so they have a town centre they can be proud of.”

Coun Alistair Bradley

“We have based the plans on what people have told us they would like to see in Chorley and we are here to deliver that so they have a town centre they can be proud of.”

Changes were made at the council meeting, after amendments were put forward by the Conservatives.

They include only starting work once at least 75 per cent of the units have been signed up on pre-lets, rising from the 65 per cent that had been set.

Other amendments involved the contract, car parking and changes to the town centre masterplan.

Coun Paul Leadbetter, Conservative leader, said he was pleased the amendments had been accepted.

He said: “They certainly put more controls in place than were in place in the original proposal.”

The extension would see a seven-unit development on part of the Flat Iron car park, which would be due to open at Easter in 2017.

New car parking would be available on the site of the former Amalfi restaurant on High Street, and spaces at Gala Bingo, the council’s Bengal Street depot and Hollinshead Street car park would be opened to the public.