Farewell Botany Bay

Farewell Botany Bay

Farewell Botany Bay, welcome Outlet Village

Botany Bay, a popular shopping and leisure venue on the outskirts of Leyland, has officially closed to make way for a designer outlet village and 300 new homes. The landmark building on the edge of the M61 recently closed its doors for a final time.

The former cotton mill, built in 1855, had been home to a number of small businesses selling a range of goods, from collectable toys to gardening supplies. Towards the end of 2018, shocked traders at the famous mill were given notice to leave. The landmark building, which sits just off the M61 in Chorley, will make way for the new Botany Bay Outlet Village. Bosses say it is simply not ‘economically viable’ to repair the crumbling site, which has long been earmarked for redevelopment.

Developers plan to transform the five-floor mill into a designer shopping village, similar to Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port. The luxury shopping village is expected to house around 70 units, while the grounds around the building will include a pedestrian street with cafes and restaurants running alongside the canal. Fronting on the central Canal Square, the renovated mill will provide around 70,000 sq ft of leisure space across five floors, enhancing the overall Botany Bay experience.

Planning documents reveal ambitious plans to refurbish the existing mill and built up to 288 new homes on the site. The homes will cover nearly 12 hectares and include a mix of detached, semi-detached, mews and apartments, from two to five bedrooms. Another 6.8- hectare parcel of land in nearby Gale Moss will be used as an employment area for industry, storage and distribution companies.

The Botany Bay Outlet Village website (www.botanybayoutletvillage.com) states: “Designed to draw visitors back time and time again, Botany Bay Outlet Village will be so much more than just a shopping trip. We will offer the complete day to night time experience to a major retail catchment area.”

FI Real Estate Management released artists impressions of what Botany Bay and the adjacent shopping village could look like if plans are approved. (pictured).

The Botany Bay roundabout, next to junction 8 of the M61, will be the main access route to the development but another access junction is planned for the residential area.