200 jobs hope in £10m Chorley plan

4:22pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

By Chris Gee

Plans have been released for a £10million shopping centre extension which could create 200 jobs and bring a flagship retailer to Chorley.

The proposals for the Market Walk complex also include an option for a cinema and come just months after the local council bought the shopping centre.

The new extension would cover a large area of the current Flat Iron area and come at the cost of 211 parking spaces on the town’s central car park.

There are no plans for a multi-storey or underground car parking in the proposal but there is an option to demolish the Union Street council offices which would create more than 70 spaces.

The council also said any development would include creating easier access to existing nearby car parks on Portland Street and Friday Street.

The public are now being asked for their views on the potential development.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “When we bought Market Walk we did so with a view to using that investment to improve the offer we have in the town centre and a key part of that would be to look at extending the mall.

“We’ve been looking at a variety of options and this is the scheme that we think will be best for the borough and we are now seeking people’s views before we formally submit a planning application.

“People have told us that they want big name retailers in the town and for there to be more things for people to do, particularly in the evening.

“We’ve listened to that and the scheme we are proposing looks to incorporate all of those things.”

There are two alternatives of the proposal that would see the development of up to eight new units, over two storeys on the Clifford Street side of the Flat Iron Car Park.

In addition, there is an option to demolish the Civic Offices on Union Street, to create additional car parking and possibly one additional leisure unit.

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