Views on new town centre housing plan

Ideas: Conrad Heald, town centre manager, at the exhibition
Ideas: Conrad Heald, town centre manager, at the exhibition
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Dozens of people visited a council-staffed public exhibition after the authority unveiled plans for the redevelopment of parts of Chorley town centre.

Chorley is set to become one of the first towns in the north of England to bring back new town centre housing. The plans include the Fleet Street and Gillibrand Street areas, and among proposals are up to 40 two and three-storey terraced houses, an apartment block and an elderly care home.

The exhibition was in the former Connexions unit in Market Street last Tuesday and Thursday.

Lesley-Ann Fenton, the council’s director of partnerships, planning and policy, said: “The purpose of the staffed exhibition was for anybody interested in the consultation to get some more information about the proposals give them the chance to then go away to have a think about it and send their comments through to us formally.

“We had around 80 people attending the event which was a good turnout and shows that people in Chorley are interested in changes that are being made to their town centre.

“The consultation is ongoing until June 2 and we’ll work through the comments to determine what people think.

“Initial feedback received by our staff includes some concerns about the loss of parking in the town centre and therefore we have explained that only parts of Fleet Street and West Street car parks are being proposed for development and that no proposals will be carried forward until the new ASDA superstore is open creating 400 pay and display spaces in the town centre.

“If you’re interested in finding out more about the town centre proposals, pop into the former Connexions building on Market Street or visit for full details.”

Resident Win Bradshaw, of Gillibrand Street, said; “I have no objection at all to them trying to make Chorley look better, but the Fleet Street car park, it’s not just a car park for shoppers. It’s a large residential area this town centre, they are very limited to parking spaces because of the permit set up.

If all the streets are full they have to use these car parks to park at weekends when it’s free overnight. I really do think they haven’t thought it through properly.”

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