Community centre delight – after four years’ wait

Gillibrand community centre plans
Gillibrand community centre plans

A long-awaited Chorley community centre has finally been given the go-ahead – after four years of waiting.

Plans to build a 240sq metre facility between Ennerdale Road and Lakeland Gardens have been in the pipeline for so long because residents argued about where it should go.

But the proposals, put forward by Taylor Wimpey and Redrow Homes, have now been given the green light by Chorley Council’s Development Control Committee.

Coun Anthony Gee, who represents residents in the area, said: “We’re extremely pleased that this has finally been approved.

“Some people are still concerned that the centre is too close to their houses, but the vast majority of people are delighted it’s happening at last.

“We really need something like this in Chorley South West to help bring the community together.”

The single-storey building, incorporating a community hall, meeting room and changing facilities for sporting activities on the adjoining playing fields, will be owned and operated by the council. “We’ll ensure it’s run well,” Coun Gee added.

“And we’ll involve all members of the society to decide what type of activities will be run from the centre.”

There will also be a 16-space car park on site, but some people expressed concerns during the public consultation over an increase in traffic. Residents also argued that the centre would take green space away from children and that the activities would generate noise disturbance, but the council’s planning committee concluded the centre would benefit the whole community, including local groups and clubs.

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- For comments from the council, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow, see next week’s Chorley Guardian