Devastated traders at Chorley’s Botany Bay shopping mill have been hit by the bombshell news that they have just three months to leave the premises.
A major redevelopment scheme is to take place at the Botany Bay site.
Plans include the redevelopment of 37 hectares of land split by the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to create a 300,000 sq ft retail outlet village, up to 288 homes and space for significant employment uses.
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The mill will now close in February to allow work to start on the new Botany Bay Outlet Village.
We asked you for your thoughts on the plans and here are a selection from our Facebook page.
"I think it should retain some of its original fearures/touches. I t’s a fine line between the original and the modern so it needs sensitively modernising."
"Looks nice - good investment for Chorley"
"Absolutely disgusting. I used to play down here when it was a factory then went shopping when it was Botany Bay. Omg leave it be or you will ruin a beautiful place"
"I would be gutted if I was given threemonths to uproot and find something else and start marketing the business all over again elsewhere. Such a shame to pull it all down."
"You CANNOT demolish that building it is a beautiful piece of history. Start a petition someone please...NOW"
Viktoria Elise Brice
"Evolve with the times this will be great, no?"
"If I’m reading it correctly they are enhancing the area around it to make it something similar to Cheshire Oaks-style outlet center. With the building work it will stop access to the Mill. They are keeping the mill as the focal point?"
"Maybe they can relocate! Lots of empty shop space on the high streets."
"I go here with my kids most years for Christmas...….. I’ll have to visit in December for last time with the kids. A shame it’s closing down"
"I was told by someone who works there that they are not pulling it down, just refurbishing it. I worked here back in the 70’s when it was Gilbraith Commercials"
"TBH it needs it, it’s a mess and it will bring jobs for local people. Chorley area needs a lease of life...."
"Bit of a shock!"
"What are we gonna do now, girls?"
"We will have to make sure we visit the Christmas floor before it’s gone"
"That’s such a shame"