Concerns put to rest after developer confirms work will start in the near future.
Work is set to start on regenerating a former landmark pub site which has turned into an eyesore.
What we don’t want to build is empty space
The Eagle and Child, on Pall Mall, Chorley, last served a pint more than 11 years ago.
Since its closure and demolition, the site has been the victim of anti-social behaviour and fly tipping.
Planning permission has already been granted for owners Elmwood Construction, which also owns the former Initial site, at the top of Harpers Lane, to develop the area.
The property firm has permission to build a three and four storey mixed use building.
Flats and retail units have been identified for the building.
Parking will also be available with the town centre flats.
Recently, a new application was submitted for a slight variation to the shop fronts.
After years of laying dormant, chiefs at Elmwood Constructions have confirmed they still have a desire to develop the site.
A spokesman from Elmwood Constructions said: “We are going to start work in the near future.
“What we don’t want to build is empty space.
“At the moment we have permission to build flats and retail units.
“We won’t have a problem filling the flats but we have concerns about the retail space.
“At the moment we are struggling to fill them, but what we are committed to doing is developing the site.
“We own a few sites in the town, including the Initial Laundry site which we have started work on.
“We’ll dip in and out of the sites until they are all completed.”
With news of the up and coming work, Chorley North West ward councillor Ralph Snape said: “I’ve been very concerned about the Eagle and Child site for a number of years.
“Recently, the whole area has been developed and had money spent on it, but that site hasn’t.
“It’s a real mess. The sooner the place is cleaned up, the better.
“I welcome that the site will be tidied up and developed.
“The residents now won’t live next to a tip, the plans are a benefit to everybody in the borough.”