Nine projects that will make big changes to Chorley and Leyland
Written by Skywave Radio News on July 12, 2020
Life came to much of a standstill during the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not been until early July that things have started to come back to some kind of normality, with pubs, bars, and shops reopening.
But during the slow first three months of lockdown, plenty was going on when it came to new projects in the Chorley and Leyland areas.
Both Chorley Borough Council and South Ribble Borough Council have been involved in a number of developments, including new bars, sports hubs, leisure centres, takeaways, and new housing estates.
Here is our round-up of some of the latest projects in the towns and their surrounding areas:
Town centre bar on its way
A new bar is being created in a former Leyland clothes shop.
The watering hole is coming to what was Baluga Boutique in Chapel Brow, with Clayton-le-Woods businessman Michael Seddon behind the project.
Punters will be able to enjoy a drink from midday until 11pm, Monday to Friday, midday until 12.30am on Saturdays, and midday until 11pm on Sundays.
More on the Leyland bar can be found here.
Work starts on £2.7 million sports hub
Work has started on the new £2.7m Westway Sports Hub in Astley Village.
The project was due to start in April but all Chorley Borough Council site works were postponed temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The hub will include artificial grass pitches, a compact athletics track with sprint lanes and a long jump pit, a pavilion and changing rooms.
More on the exciting development can be found here.
Takeaway to offer healthier food, says owner
The owner of a planned new food outlet in Farington says she wants to offer a healthy alternative to the traditional takeaway.
It comes after admitting to councillors who were deciding whether to approve her proposal that there are a glut of fast food businesses in the area.
Owner Louise Parkinson said she would serve up “hot and cold, traditional and plant-based healthy food” at the eatery at the junction of Stanifield Lane and Bristol Avenue.
“My planned menus [will include] traditional breakfast and lunches – there’ll be no deep fried food, no nasty odours, no late night openings and no gangs of undesirables or vehicles coming and going at all hours,” Ms. Parkinson said.
More on the takeaway plans can be found here.
201 new houses get knocked back
A large housing development near Chorley has been thrown out over the developer’s desire to bring no affordable housing to the site.
Taylor Wimpey originally offered 35 social rented homes – only to backtrack on this due to, it says, increased costs of the site.
It said the land is now worth £1.1 million less than in 2016 due to ‘abnormal’ costs.
Councillors said the developer did not ‘adequately justify the lower level of affordable housing provision’ and threw the plans out.
More on the details scheme can be found here.
New future for former Chinese restaurant
The former Happy Village Chinese restaurant in Market Street is being transformed into retail and living quarters.
It closed more than three years ago after a rich history going back to the mid-1960s.
The building’s co-owner, Dr. Simon Lichman, told a virtual meeting of Chorley Council’s planning committee that his family’s property business had found it difficult to find new tenants since the closure of the Happy Village.
More on the conversion can be found here.
Leisure centre update issued
Sport England has been drafted in to help draw up plans for the future of leisure facilities in South Ribble.
The organisation – which helps to develop grassroots sports and promote people getting active – will provide South Ribble Borough Council with “key data” to inform the council’s long-term programme to overhaul its leisure services.
Last year, it emerged that costs had rocketed on a blueprint for a so-called “leisure campus” which it had been intended to develop on land next to the council’s headquarters at West Paddock in Leyland.
The bill for the ambitious project – which was planned to include an eight-lane swimming pool, four-court sports hall, gym, toning studio and a suite of function rooms – leapt by almost £9m to £23.8m.
More detail on the leisure centre project can be found here.
Hospital’s expensive expansion
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is set to build a £17.5 million expansion to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.
The hope is for the building to house the trust’s day case and eye care unit, with three new theatres.
Two of these will be for ophthalmology – which deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of eye diseases – and a third for treatment that doesn’t need overnight admission.
The building will open in October 2021 under current guidelines.
More on the hospital project can be found here.
New homes at Buckshaw Hall
Plans to build four new houses at Buckshaw Hall have been withdrawn.
The owner of Buckshaw Hall has said that the only way it is ever going to be brought back into use is if he is allowed to build new properties in the grounds to fund its renovation.
Chris Langson was speaking after Chorley Council’s planning committee heard him accused by a neighbouring resident of “bully tactics” in an attempt to secure permission for the project.
Committee members their decision to build the new homes at close to the 17th century hall on Knight Avenue.
But since the meeting in May, the plans have been withdrawn completely.
More on the row surrounding building homes at Buckshaw Hall can be found here.
New life for former pub site
Images showing what the new homes coming to a derelict pub site in Bamber Bridge have been released.
Some 15 new homes are set to be built on the former McKenzie Arms site off Station Road.
All 15 homes are set to be affordable as part of the council’s plan for in-house affordable housing after its stock transfer to Progress Housing more than a quarter of a century ago.
And while they were given the initial go-ahead in November last year, it wasn’t until May that images of what the homes will look like were revealed.