Plans have been unveiled for a new community centre and supermarket in Buckshaw Village.
As part of its budget proposals, Chorley Council has set aside £600,000 to pay for a new community centre on land off Ordnance Road.
And there are plans for discount food retailer Aldi to open a £5m supermarket on the same site, as well as another commercial unit, which is likely to be a drive-through coffee shop. Developer Primrose Holdings is working on plans with Aldi for the retail part of the site.
The new food store would create up to 50 jobs, as well as additional jobs during construction and supply chain opportunities.
Aldi will hold a public consultation tomorrow for residents to meet the project team, find out more about the proposals and provide their feedback. It will be held from 3pm to 7pm at Euxton Parish Church Community Centre, on Wigan Road, Euxton.
An Aldi spokesman said: “We are excited about the prospect of working with Primrose Holdings to deliver an Aldi store for Buckshaw Village and Euxton, as well as supporting the delivery of a community centre which we hope will provide more facilities to local groups and organisations in Buckshaw Village.
“We would like to encourage the community to come along and find out more about our proposals and meet the project team on Wednesday.”
The council wants to build a new community centre after residents raised concerns the existing centre could not meet the demand from the growing population in the area.
Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “There is a long-term issue with a lack of facilities on Buckshaw Village.
“That’s becoming really apparent as what was a building site is now developing into a really active community, which is brilliant to see.
“We have organisations like Scout groups bursting at the seams and we’re doing all we can to address the lack of facilities because we want to see communities that are thriving continue to develop.”
The proposals are yet to be drawn up in detail, but the council is planning to set aside the money in the budget plans.
Regarding Aldi, Coun Bradley said: “Buckshaw Village is a growing community and it’s good to see another business looking to invest in the area and create new jobs.
“It will also potentially unlock a development for a much-needed community centre in the area.
“I’d urge people to take part in the consultation and we will await the full detail of the proposals when a planning application is submitted.”
Coun Mark Perks, leader of Chorley’s Conservatives, welcomed the proposed community centre.
He said: “I’m pleased to see the proposals for the community centre to be built on Buckshaw Village. There is another 1,000 houses to be built on the group one land and the capacity at the existing centre has been met.”