No decision yet on Chorley’s town centre development

Proposals: How a cinema could look at Market Walk
Proposals: How a cinema could look at Market Walk

A decision has been delayed on proposals to build a £10m extension to Chorley’s Market Walk shopping centre.

Chorley Council has submitted a planning application for a cinema, restaurants and retail units.

“It’s important that we look into the concerns raised by Booths and the owners of the property Axa properly and that’s why the application has been delayed from going to the development control committee for a decision.”

Coun Alistair Bradley

It went before the council’s development control committee in July for consideration.

But councillors decided to defer making a decision to allow them more time to consider objections submitted by Booths supermarket.

Edwin Booth, chairman of Booths, had said the scheme would have a “catastrophic impact” on his store.

In a letter sent to the council’s chief executive, he raised concerns which included the reduction of car parking spaces on the Flat Iron.

Read about the concerns raised by Mr Booth.

Axa, which owns the supermarket building, has also since raised concerns about parking.

The council has been looking into the objections and it was thought a decision on the planning application would be made by the development control committee at their meeting on Tuesday next week.

But that has now been put back to the following meeting, to be held later in the month.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “It’s important that we look into the concerns raised by Booths and the owners of the property Axa properly and that’s why the application has been delayed from going to the development control committee for a decision.

“There are still a few issues that need to be addressed and we want to find a way forward and have a discussion with Booths before taking it to the committee.

“The application is now scheduled to go to the development control committee on September 29.”

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