Chorley gives green light for £100m next phase of Botany Bay industrial
FI Real Estate Management, which is already delivering 400,000 sq ft of employment space off Junction 8 of the M61, has secured consent to add another 310,000 sq ft on adjacent land.
Chorley Council yesterday gave FIREM planning approval to build 68 units ranging from 1,500 sq ft to 32,200 sq ft on the hill next to the historic Botany Bay mill building.
Tim Knowles, founder and managing director of Chorley-based FIREM, said: “Our multi-million-pound redevelopment of Botany sees us realise our vision to create a scheme built by the people of Lancashire for the people of Lancashire.
“We’re pleased Chorley Council has approved our application to create a further 309,060 sq ft of the highest quality commercial space with Botany Hill Business Park, generating a further 500 jobs in the process.”
He added: “Chorley has been our home for more than 40 years and we want to use our presence here to transform the area into a strategic employment site, catering for both expanding and relocating businesses.”
In all, the £220m redevelopment of Botany Bay comprises almost 1m sq ft of employment space across three phases: the 400,000 sq ft first phase, the 310,000 sq ft second, and the redevelopment of the mill building into an 85,800 sq ft office complex.
To learn more about phase two, search for application reference 22/01243/FULMAJ on Chorley Council’s planning portal.
The development was designed by MCAU and is being delivered by FI Construction, FIREM’s construction division.