THESE are the artist impressions of a new retail village that could be coming to Chorley.

Ellis Williams Architects has revealed the images of the revamped Botany Bay Designer Outlet Village which show the original building being revamped and added to with a canalside shopping complex.

It is claimed that the vision ‘is to create a retail village of the highest quality bringing high quality brands’ to the area and drawing visitors from all areas of the UK and beyond.

It adds: “The site vision is based around a strong urban design concept of a simple linear street running north to south and parallel to the canal with clear vistas to the canal.

“This pedestrian focused zone will create a safe environment for visitors and create permeable links to the waterfront.

“The new build retail experience will provide around 223,000 sq ft of accommodation and customer services within a mix of linked unit sizes agile enough to respond to market conditions and tenant needs.

“The village itself has been designed to complement the current waterside location and be seamlessly integrated with new public realm and existing landscape.

“The remodelled and refurbished mill will be stripped back to its original state removing all existing modern extensions and lean to structures.

“Internally, new life will be breathed back into the existing structure, restoring the heritage assets and reorganising spaces and circulation to greatly improve accessibility and clarity of wayfinding.”

A spokesperson for FI Real Estate Management, which is creating plans, said: “We are making good progress at the final detail stage with planners and consultees.

“We’re looking to present our outline plans to committee in the next few months.”

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle said: “I welcome any inward investment into Chorley that complements our existing offer to shoppers.

“Chorley is proud to be a market town and the town centre traders must have their voice heard.

“But it appears that the plans at Botany Bay will attract people into the area and this will hopefully create jobs.”