Botany Bay officially closes as Chorley prepares for new designer shopping village and 300 homes

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Botany Bay in Chorley has officially closed to make way for a designer outlet village and 300 new homes.


The landmark building on the edge of the M61 closed its doors for a final time yesterday (Wednesday, February 20).

Artist's impressions of how the new Botany Bay Outlet Village could look when work is completed.

Artist's impressions of how the new Botany Bay Outlet Village could look when work is completed.

The former cotton mill, built in 1855, had been home to a number of small businesses selling a range of goods, from collectable toys to gardening supplies.

Developers hope to transform the five-floor mill into a designer shopping village, similar to Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port.

The luxury shopping village is expected to house around 70 units, while the grounds around the building will include a pedestrian street with cafes and restaurants running alongside the canal.

Planning documents reveal ambitious plans to refurbish the existing mill and built up to 288 new homes on the site.

The Botany Bay mill will undergo a major facelift and will host up to 70 units.

The Botany Bay mill will undergo a major facelift and will host up to 70 units.

The homes will cover nearly 12 hectares and include a mix of detached, semi-detached, mews and apartments, from two to five bedrooms.

Another 6.8-hectare parcel of land in nearby Gale Moss will be used as an employment area for industry, storage and distribution companies.

The Botany Bay roundabout, next to junction 8 of the M61, will be the main access route to the development but another access junction is planned for the residential area.

FI Real Estate Management released artists impressions of what Botany Bay and the adjacent shopping village could look like if plans are approved.

FI Real Estate Management released artists impressions of what Botany Bay and the adjacent shopping village could look like if plans are approved.