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West Lancashire Borough Council, St. Modwen, Homes England regeneration plans for Skelmersdale town centre take a crucial step forward

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A crucial piece of the development jigsaw has been put in place for the major town centre regeneration scheme planned for Skelmersdale Town Centre, following a decision by West Lancashire Borough Council that unlocks funding for the scheme.

West Lancashire Borough Council, working with expert developer and regeneration specialist St. Modwen and partner Homes England, agreed at its Council meeting on 18 July to secure funding to deliver the £19 million first phase of  development proposals to extend Skelmersdale Town Centre.

The decision will see the Council commercially investing in the scheme to enable delivery of the first phase and  partners can now focus on working towards making the plans a reality and announcing a delivery start date for the scheme.

The announcement follows the recent news that fast growing supermarket chain Lidl will occupy a 20,800 sq ft unit and Merseyside-based B&M will open a new large format 20,000 sq ft store, when the ambitious project is delivered.

Paul Batho, Development Director for St. Modwen, said: “This is a major milestone reached and a significant step towards the delivery of this long awaited town centre scheme. It is great news for the people of Skelmersdale, who have been waiting for news on further progress towards delivering the development.”

The commercial investment made by the Council in this first phase of the town centre scheme is anticipated to be a catalyst for further investment in subsequent phases, demonstrating the Council’s ambition for Skelmersdale. The new scheme coincides with another major investment programme as West Lancashire Borough Council progress their plans for a new and enhanced leisure and wellbeing facility for the local community.

John Harrison, Director of Development and Regeneration, said: “The Council has long been committed to the delivery of an enlarged town centre for Skelmersdale incorporating new retail and leisure development.  This retail scheme, along with the adjacent new leisure and wellbeing facilities forms part of a major investment programme by the Council and its partners in Skelmersdale. In addition, residential development is soon to start on sites located immediately adjacent to the town centre. This is a really positive time for Skelmersdale and the Council and its partners will now be working to put in place the necessary agreements to secure commencement of the new retail development as quickly as possible.”

Plans for the town centre include extensive improvements to the public realm, including a new pedestrian link between the college and the Concourse Shopping Centre, as well as enhancements to the public areas outside the library and Nye Bevan Pool. The Council is also working with owners of the Concourse Shopping Centre to help realise their plans for a multi – screen cinema.

St. Modwen has also released a new computer generated image that showcases the town centre scheme and highlights the location of Lidl and B&M.

UPDATE: Phase 1 of the scheme is anticipated to commence in early 2019 with an 18 month build programme.

6 thoughts on “West Lancashire Borough Council, St. Modwen, Homes England regeneration plans for Skelmersdale town centre take a crucial step forward

  • July 20, 2018 at 17:11

    What about the train station? Thanks

  • July 20, 2018 at 17:30

    I personally look forward to the new additions, but would also like to see something like a Primark shop as there is only New Look which doesn’t really cater for sizes over 16/18. Just a thought

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  • July 20, 2018 at 19:40

    my goodness is it that time of the year again St Modwen is like the Loch Ness Monster it rares up every now and again to pacify people and get them all excited, need to put a tender out as this St Modwen seems to have the Monopoly and is pulling all the strings, look how long it’s been and how long Kirby have been waiting. more entertainment, skems a ghost town come 6. cinema, bowling, a diner for all ages, and deffo a small retail park but give the people the choice for what it contains.

  • July 21, 2018 at 09:44

    A massive thumbs up to the council and local councillors.

  • July 23, 2018 at 00:52

    This will be useless if the only access to the new town centre is walking around the outside of the concourse which is not pram friendly as their is one set of steep steps and we need a train station to encourage bigger shops to come and draw new customers outside of skem

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