Housing, retail, leisure and other businesses could be on the way to Botany Bay.
Plans will be drawn up for land near junction eight of the M61 motorway in Chorley over the coming months, with the potential for hundreds of new jobs.
“We know how important it is that we open up new land for development that will create jobs for local people, and that’s why we have been working hard behind the scenes with the landowners to discuss how the site should be developed.”Coun Alistair Bradley
The area where Botany Bay stands, and land to the east side of the canal, have long been earmarked for development and the landowners are working together to make progress.
Chorley Council is working with design practice Planit-IE to co-ordinate the masterplanning of the site and aims to have the work completed by January.
Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “This site has been identified for development for many years and I’m delighted that progress is being made. We know how important it is that we open up new land for development that will create jobs for local people, and that’s why we have been working hard behind the scenes with the landowners to discuss how the site should be developed. We’ve managed to do that and I’m delighted that we can now start to map out how the site could look in order to bring new investment and jobs to the area.”
Work has started on the plans and residents and businesses will be able to give their views as part of a consultation process in the new year.
There could be retail, leisure, employment and housing, new infrastructure and increased access to the canal as part of a waterfront development.
Coun Bradley said: “As we make progress it is really important that residents and businesses put their views forward as we are very open-minded about what the site could be used for. It is an exciting opportunity for Chorley and it’s really important that we look at ways we can create new jobs for the people growing up in our borough so that we don’t lose the talent to other parts of the country.
“One way we can do that is to work with landowners to bring these development sites forward so that investors see Chorley as a forward-thinking borough and a place they want to locate their businesses.”
Four of the landowners are working with the council as a reference group to make sure the masterplan is deliverable.
The masterplan will establish land uses for the site, which will be used to determine future applications.
A planning application could be submitted as early as next summer.