Building work could start within months on a £12.9m extension to Chorley’s Market Walk shopping precinct.
Planning permission for the seven-unit scheme was approved unanimously last week by Chorley Council’s development control committee.
Council bosses are in discussions with national businesses interested in being part of the new development.
There will be restaurants and shops, with Reel Cinema already committing to opening a six-screen complex.
Council leader, Coun Alistair Bradley, told the Guardian: “We are carrying on developing up the proposal but the main thing we need to do now is get the tenants signed up.”
The council has pledged that work will not start until 75 per cent of the units have been signed up on pre-lets.
Coun Bradley says construction work could begin on the Flat Iron car park in just a few months.
He said: “The timetable is to start building work in the New Year when everyone is signed up, but that’s subject to lots of things happening.”
The new businesses are expected to open by Easter in 2017.
The first work to take place will be on the site of the former Amalfi restaurant, on High Street, which was destroyed by fire.
A public car park is expected to be created there before Christmas.