Carrington Centre decision is set back

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The fate of an Eccleston shopping hub has been delayed to allow members of the public to voice their opinions.

A decision over whether plans should be passed for the Carrington Centre to be demolished and replaced with a new shopping complex was initially expected this week.

But because developers Northern Trust revised the original plans after resident and trader feedback, public consultations are still ongoing.

Now, a meeting is set to be held at Chorley Town Hall on September 15, and those who oppose or support the proposals will have a chance to make their views heard.

Coun Alan Cullens, who oversees planning issues at Chorley Council, said: “A separate development control committee meeting has been called to allow the Carrington Centre application to be discussed and debated with the detail it requires, while also ensuring that resident and neighbour consultation is fully considered.”

It was thought a decision would be announced at Tuesday’s development control committee meeting this week, but with other complex items on the agenda, including Go Ape at Rivington and football pitches in Euxton, the Carrington Centre has been put back.

The early plans for the old mill indicated a modern replacement, with glass-fronted shops and offices, and a supermarket.

After complaints from residents, the plans are now more ‘in keeping’ with the village, with brick fronted shops.

The proposals also include building a housing development on land at the back of the Carrington Centre, which is also owned by Northern Trust.

A new road is set to be built over the top of an existing pond, and Northern Trust have intentions to replace it with a bigger pond close-by.

If anyone would like to make a three-minute representation at the meeting, please contact Chorley Council beforehand on 01257 515151.

A vote in favour or against the plans is expected to be announced on the night.