Thursday 14 October 2020 - Preparation underway for demolition of former bus depot
Thursday 14 October 2020
Work has begun in preparation for the demolition of the former Stagecoach bus depot building on Eaves Lane, Chorley.
The site, which ceased operating as a bus depot in 2015, is in the process of being surrounded by scaffolding and fencing and having services disconnected ahead of the building being demolished late October/early November.
Bought by the council in May 2016, in a bid to regenerate the area and provide improved facilities for the local community, the site has become part of the council's exciting plans for redevelopment.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said "The old bus depot building hasn't been operational for several years and has become an eyesore.
"We saw this as an opportunity to clean up this area for future investment and develop proposals to provide much improved facilities, such as healthcare provisions for residents as well as somewhere for the whole community to enjoy."
The demolition work is expected to last around 4 weeks and measures have been put in place to ensure disruption for residents living nearby is kept to a minimum.
Following this, specialist remedial contractors will begin a clean-up of a site in order to deal with any waste materials, such as oil under the bus depot flooring, as result of years of vehicle activity, so that the site is ready for future development.
After a number of consultations with local residents, we submitted a planning application for the site plus the area to the rear which is currently home to Tatton Community Centre and recreation ground. A decision on the application is expected in November.
If the proposals are granted planning consent, construction of 62 assisted living apartments, GP surgery, pharmacy, community café, new community centre, including children's nursery, and a revamped recreation ground is expected to start at the end of January 2021.
Councillor Bradley continued "We're really looking forward to progressing with this development, it's not just about building fantastic facilities, it's also about the social and integration aspects and the difference it will make for the whole local community.
"The assisted living accommodation will help residents independently integrate into the local community, with easy access to support and good quality local amenities.
"The investment will provide residents with access for to improved healthcare, somewhere to play, socialise and come together as a community."
View more information on the Tatton and former bus depot redevelopment.