Town Centre Improvements

Changes taking place in Chorley town centre

We've agreed a £16m package of investment in the town centre that will see a huge amount of work taking place to attract more visitors.

The highlights of the scheme include an extension to Market Walk shopping centre, which will bring a six-screen cinema, an M&S Foodhall with click and collect, high street retailers and restaurants to the town and a programme to improve the appearance of the rest of the town centre streets making it more pedestrian-friendly and a great place to enjoy your leisure time.

This work coincides with two other major projects – to create a new youth zone for Chorley, which is now open and proving really popular, and to build the Primrose Gardens retirement village on Fleet Street, which is due to open in spring 2019.

Timeline of activity

We have now started the main construction of the Market Walk shopping centre and wanted to update you on what will be happening when over the coming weeks. The key dates are:

* Construction of the Market Walk extension started on 8 October – this will see the whole construction site fenced off on the Flat Iron 
​* The new crossing over the by-pass is now completed - it means people can cross the dual carriageway in one go rather than having to wait in the middle
* Friday Street car park is now fully open providing 316 new spaces with three hours free parking
* Free wifi to be installed across the town centre (first phase to be completed by Christmas 2018)
* The Christmas lights switch on was a great success with thousands of people turning out
* The Christmas attraction, which will be the return of the real ice rink on the Cleveland Street car park and event space, will run from Saturday 8 December until Sunday 6 January.

To help free up parking spaces on Tuesdays in the run up to Christmas all council staff are moving off the public car parks each week meaning there will be around 300 additional spaces available on a Tuesday (our busiest market day) over what was available before work started on the Flat Iron.
  • Market Walk Extension

    Market Walk shopping centre, in the heart of Chorley town centre, is being extended with a purpose-built development on the Flat Iron. The extension, off Union Street, will include a new six-screen Reel Cinema, M&S Foodhall as well as retailers and food and beverage outlets.

    In January 2018 councillors gave the final go ahead for the scheme, which also includes creating a second storey car park on Friday Street/Portland Street.

    Work started on building the extension on Monday 8 October.​

    As a result of all this work, the Tuesday market has relocated to the streets of Chorley. This has proved popular so far with traders and shoppers saying it has been an improvement - we'll continue to monitor this and please let us know what you think.

    You can see some images of how the new building will look here

  • Car Parking

    We know car parking is one of the biggest issues for the town centre redevelopment and that is why we have introduced more free and cheaper parking across Chorley town centre including the opportunity to park on any short stay car park for free for up to one hour or park for up to three hours for just £1 with the exception of the Flat Iron car park. Please note, the Flat Iron car park is now a two hour maxi​mum stay car park (including weekends and bank holidays) between 8am and 5pm to increase the turnover of vehicles on the car park and encourage people to change their parking habits.

    If visitors wish to stay longer, they can park on any long stay car park for free for up to three hours, for just £1 for up to four hours and all day for £3.50. Whether people park for free or pay the tariff they will still need to display a ticket in their car during enforceable hours for each car park. The new tariffs can be viewed by downloading the new parking tariff leaflet under the download it section. ​​​

    The ultimate aim is to have more parking spaces than we currently have by the end of 2019. To achieve this we have recently converted Hollinshead Street car park into a public car park, providing an extra 69 spaces and purchased Oak House, on the corner of Market Street and High Street, with a view to creating a car park on that site adjacent to the current temporary High Street car park. We expect work to be completed on that site in July.
    The Fleet Street short stay car park has been segregated to form a long stay section to replace the former long stay car park over the road to enable the Primrose Gardens development to take place. ASDA car park, with 450 spaces, is also available for the public to use free of charge up to three hours at the southern end of Market Street but please be aware that this is a privately operated car park.

    ****Friday Street car park is now fully open****

  • Public Realm

    If we’re making all these changes then we need to make sure the town centre is a nice place to shop. We have recently revamped the southern end of Market Street and we have recently completed improvements on:

     • Fazakerley Street
    • Theatre Walk – between Market Street and Peter Street
    • Steeley Lane

    Improvements have also been completed to the area around Chorley Interchange.

  • Primrose Gardens Retirement Village

    We are creating a 65-bed retirement village on the site of the Fleet Street long stay car park, the old Ambulance Hall and the former Primrose Cottage, which has inspired the name of the new development. Preparation work on the build has started with an expected completion in spring 2019.
    The complex will provide 47 one-bedroom and 18 two bedroom generously sized apartments at an affordable rent which would be available for people aged 55 and over with a local connection to Chorley and which could offer care and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week should it be needed.

    There will also be community facilities including landscaped gardens, a café, laundrette, community room, hair salon and a dance hall with a sprung dance floor where two local dance schools – Dance with Passion and Anita Murray School of Dancing – will also be based.

    You can register your interest here​.

  • Chorley Youth Zone

    You can see the latest developments relating to the youth zone here. It will open in May 2018.

  • Frequently asked questions

    As we progress the scheme we’ll update a list of common queries – if you have any questions not answered here please contact us.