‘What’s going on with £6m Buckshaw Village project?’

Computer generated images of the new Buckshaw Village Eden Park plans

Computer generated images of the new Buckshaw Village Eden Park plans

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Planners behind a £6m scheme for shops and restaurants in Buckshaw Village are confident work will start before the end of the year.

In August Eden Park Developments displayed their ambitious proposals for the nine-acre site in Buckshaw Village near the Tesco store.

They believed that work would start on site in October but the land remains untouched.

However, Neal Dale, development manager for the project, says the wheels are in motion and they have high hopes that they will be on site by winter.

He said: “There is still a lot that needs to be done.

“We are in talks with a couple of firms about taking over leases and it just takes time to sort contracts out. These things are very slow and but we are positive that in the long-term this area will be developed.

“We have had inquiries from lots of different businesses interested in setting up there but need contracts to be signed. “The site is a wide open muddy field and we want to get in a situation where all the land has been taken by offices and businesses.

“This is going to be a vibrant area with the train station bringing people to the area and then shoppers go to Tesco.

“We want to develop something for the community with new shops and places to go.

“The current economic climate is making it tough but things are looking positive in Buckshaw.”

Kaye Davies chairman of the Buckshaw Village Community Association said: “We welcome this news as it is the first thing that people see when they come into the area from Chorley.

“This development will be great for people so that they can shop locally and not have to go elsewhere.

“It is frustrating that it has taken longer than the October deadline but at least something is being done about it.”