Market Walk plans change as decision looms

Proposal of how Market Walk, in Chorley town centre, could look
Proposal of how Market Walk, in Chorley town centre, could look
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Proposed changes have been made to plans for Chorley’s £12.9 million Market Walk extension – which will be decided upon at a meeting

next week.

They include not demolishing the Union Street council offices as outlined in the initial plans.

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

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

New public car parking would be created off High Street – the site of the former Amalfi restaurant destroyed by fire three-and-a-half years ago.

And the spaces next to Gala Bingo would be opened to the public.

The council, which bought the shopping centre in 2013 and has been working up options for an extension over the last year, is being recommended to proceed with the seven-unit development.

The project includes a multiplex cinema, restaurant and new retailers, new car parking spaces and public realm improvements.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “The purpose of next week’s meeting is to update councillors on the progress being made and get a decision on whether we should proceed with the development.

“A lot of work has been put in to get the proposal to this stage and it’s important we consider it properly because it will mean some big changes for the town centre.

“We have taken on board all the feedback we’ve received from residents and businesses and we hope this will deliver what many people have been wanting to see in Chorley for a generation.”

Other amendments since the planning application was submitted in April including recommendations that:

l 120 spaces will be opened up on the council’s Bengal Street depot site; and the Hollinshead Street car park, currently council staff parking only Monday to Friday, will be open to the public all week

l The Flat Iron market would be relocated for the duration of the works along Fazakerley Street, Cleveland Street, Chapel Street and New Market Street. There is the potential to close the former pedestrianised part of Market Street to accommodate stalls too

l Fazakerley Street would be re-vamped with the removal of street furniture and new paving.

l The Chorley Pals Memorial would stay in its current position.

l Units eight, nine and ten in the original plans will not be developed for the time being.

l Shopmobility will be relocated to another part of the town centre.

The total cost of the scheme includes around £8m for the development of the extension, £3m for public realm improvements and £2m for the rest of the work, including the creation of new public car parks and the relocation of Shopmobility.

“This decision is separate to the planning application which will be determined the following week, said Councillor Bradley.

Full details of the proposed development can be seen at chorley.gov.uk and a decision will be made at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 22 September.