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Approval for redevelopment of Botany Bay

Words: Laura Edgar
Botnay Gateway / FI Real Estate Management

Chorley Council has approved plans for the redevelopment of Botany Bay that include 30,000 square feet of retail outlet space.

Four separate applications for the Botany Bay Outlet Village scheme are involved.

The 37-hectare site is split by the Leeds to Liverpool canal. On it sits a Victorian cotton mill, which will be refurbished into shops by FI Real Estate Management, the firm responsible for three of the applications.

More than 40 objections were received about the plans, with most concerns relating to the loss of green space and the impact on traffic. Members of the planning committee heard at a council meeting that the developer would fund £2 million of road improvements as part of the project.

One application will see a 30,000 square metre retail-led mixed-use development, including a hotel. This will sit land to the north east of junction 8 of the M61.

A second application will see up to 27,871 square metres of industrial and distribution floorspace built on land to the south of the canal. The third was for 188 homes.

A spokesperson for FI Real Estate Management, said: “The reinvention of Botany Bay has been in the planning for a number of years and this approval brings to fruition a great deal of work to create a masterplan that blends premium outlet retail, quality housing and valuable employment uses.

“Botany Bay has a rich heritage and we have put the site’s industrial history at the heart of the designs for this truly unique development. Our vision is to create a flagship outlet shopping destination for the North West, which not only attracts visitors to the area, but more importantly creates jobs, and acts as a catalyst for further investment for Chorley and the borough. Receiving planning approval is a huge testament to this vision and we very much look forward to bringing it to life.”

The fourth proposal was for 100 homes and was submitted by William J Drinkwater And Anne Goodier.

The plans will now be referred to the housing secretary, who has 21 days to make a decision.

Image credit | FI Real Estate Management