Buckshaw Village’s first restaurant is set to be built by this time next year.
Proposals to open an Italian restaurant, takeaway and deli on Station Road have been submitted to Chorley Council, and include an area for live music and dance performances.
Applicant Refosco Limited currently manages Tiggis restaurant in Preston, and bosses now want to bring an eatery to the development between Chorley and Leyland.
Leader of Buckshaw’s Community Association, Brian Hann, is thrilled by the plans, and says it’s just what the area needs.
He said: “The details are a bit sketchy at the minute but it’s fantastic news that an Italian could be built here, especially as it includes a deli counter and live performances.
“That’s the type of thing people want on their doorstep, and is the reason that most people moved to Buckshaw Village in the first place. Interest really seems to be picking up now that Tesco’s here and the railway station is on the way, and the masterplan is for that area to be pedestrianised, with a number of little shops and the new restaurant.
“This is the final piece of the jigsaw.”
The request to build the eatery has been under consultation, where members of the public can comment on certain licensing applications sent to the council, and includes the supply of alcohol from 7am most mornings.
“Most places serve alcohol,” Brian said. “Buckshaw Village has a great family pub at the minute, The Bobbin Mill, and the Italian will be more suitable for adults. There will also be some offices round that area, so people might want to go their after work.”
If given the go-ahead, the work is expected to be completed by March next year.
Brian added: “This idea has been on paper for a long time, and it takes time to get to where we want to be, so it’s a good move.”
Refosco has requested that the hub will be open from 7am until 11pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; from 7am until midnight on Thursdays; from 7am until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays; and from 9am until 11pm on Sundays.
They want to serve alcohol between these hours, but the late-night refreshment will only last until midnight on Thursdays, and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The plans also outline that live or recorded music will be played inside and outdoors, as well as dance performances.