Plans resubmitted for Chorley’s Botany Bay site

The Botany Bay site

Developer and asset management company, FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) has resubmitted redevelopment plans for its Botany Bay site in Chorley.

Following a virtual public consultation event in November, the proposal for the 21-acre site remains largely unchanged.

The plans propose 405,386 sq ft of industrial and commercial space, which will deliver a total of 33 individual units for employment and commercial uses.

The scheme has been designed by MCAU and planning consultants, John Francis Planning.

A spokesperson for FI Real Estate Management, said: “We’re confident that our proposals for the redevelopment of Botany are not only consistent with the site’s heritage but will also deliver a host of new job and commercial opportunities in Chorley.

“This sector in the North West has seen continued growth for a sustained period, even throughout the pandemic.

“We’ve already witnessed a growing interest in the business space offered by these units since our last announcement, having received a number of inbound enquiries from a variety of businesses.”

Within the plans, 36,996 sq m of commercial floorspace will be designated for light industrial uses. The wider space has been allocated for landscaping, pedestrian routes, and onsite parking.

The regeneration plans for Botany Bay Business Park have the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to the local area.

Originally, FIREM had planned to develop a retail outlet village on the site. But last year a new vision was published, due largely to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the retail sector.

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