Town centre plan revised

Plans: Coun Peter Wilson in the Fleet Street car park in Chorley
Plans: Coun Peter Wilson in the Fleet Street car park in Chorley
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Plans to develop part of Chorley town centre for housing are set to be altered after feedback from locals.

More than 100 people had a say on proposals to build homes or an extra care housing facility on and around Fleet Street and West Street car parks.

Councillors are now set to scale back the proposed developments and look to retain buildings and facilities which are important to local people.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The masterplan gives us a structured long-term plan for the town centre and as we promised we’d be consulting with residents at each stage.

“It was great to receive lots of feedback and we have taken on board what people have said and the initial proposals are being amended and will be discussed by councillors before a decision is made (today).

“We are proposing that the developments on parts of Fleet Street north and West Street car park are no longer pursued and that the council commits to retaining the old hospital building. It will also investigate the potential to retain the St John Ambulance base or alternatively find an appropriate replacement facility for the community.”

The proposals originally involved building up to 40 two and three storey terraced houses and an apartment block on current Fleet Street car parks, or alternatively an extra care housing development for the elderly on the southern end of Fleet Street.

The plans also included converting office space on Gillibrand Street into housing or apartments, along with the potential for additional terraced housing or apartments further north of the street and the possibility of converting the hospital building into around 20 apartments. It’s recommended that the main priority for this phase of the masterplan will be developing housing or an extra care facility on Fleet Street south car park.