Large names targeted in Market Walk plans

Proposal of how Market Walk, in Chorley town centre, could look

Proposal of how Market Walk, in Chorley town centre, could look

  • New plans have been put together of how Market Walk shopping centre could look if extended
  • Council bosses are in talks with high street retailers, restaurants and a cinema operator
  • More than 200 jobs could be created on the site
  • Two public exhibitions will be held for people to find out more about the proposals
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Well-known high street retailers, restaurants and a cinema operator could be on their way to Chorley town centre.

Council bosses are in talks with popular businesses as they look to extend Market Walk shopping centre.

“The names that the public want to see are those we are talking to.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council

The £10m development, which could create more than 200 jobs, would bring a flagship retailer to the town.

The names of the retailers and restaurants have not yet been revealed.

But council leader, Coun Alistair Bradley, said: “The names that the public want to see are those we are talking to.”

A public consultation was held last year to find out what people thought about proposals to build larger units at Market Walk to attract a flagship retailer and more leisure facilities.

New designs have now been put together and residents and businesses are being invited to have their say at consultation events being held this week.

Coun Bradley said: “We had a brilliant response to the initial plans and we’ve been working hard in the background to get things to a stage where we are almost ready to submit a planning application.

“Before we do that we want to give people another opportunity to see the plans and discuss them with the project team.

“A lot of work has gone into refining the plans and discussing the extension with potential occupants and we’ve had some very positive conversations in recent weeks.”

After the consultation, the feedback will be considered and a planning application will be submitted in the coming months.

If the plans are approved, work will only go ahead when at least 65 per cent of the units have been let in advance.

Coun Bradley said: “After the planning application has been submitted, it will be a couple of months before a decision is reached and residents will be given the opportunity to put forward their views on the application, which will be taken into account.

“Improvements that we make in the town are for the benefit of Chorley’s residents, business owners and visitors and therefore we welcome people’s opinions and ideas on the plans we propose.

“We were overwhelmed with positive comments during the initial consultation phase and concerns that were raised such as parking issues have been carefully considered whilst moving forward.”

The public exhibitions to discuss the proposals will take place at Market Walk on Saturday and Tuesday, March 24.

Both events will run from 10am to 3pm.