West Lancashire Borough Council remains committed to regenerating Skelmersdale Town Centre after learning the Concourse owners are seeking the permission of the Court of Appeal to appeal against a recent High Court decision dismissing their legal challenge to a regeneration scheme approved by the Council in 2015. The scheme in question would bring new shops and leisure opportunities into Skelmersdale as well as many other benefits.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Transformation and Economic Regeneration, said: “The Council is very disappointed that the owners of the Concourse Centre are seeking permission to appeal. The High Court rejected all their grounds of appeal and upheld the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the re-development of Skelmersdale town centre. The action taken by the Concourse owners will cause unnecessary delay to the project which has the backing of the Council and its partners St. Modwen and the Homes and Community Agency.
“The Council remain committed to the Skelmersdale Town Centre Regeneration scheme as we believe this will benefit the people of Skelmersdale and West Lancashire as a whole. The Council considers the High Court made the right decision and we will continue to put forward our legal case in a robust manner should the matter proceed further.”
As well as delivering new shops the Skelmersdale Town Centre Regeneration scheme will create new leisure opportunities to the town including a cinema, restaurants and bars. The project will also bring a host of other benefits, including a high street link between West Lancashire College and the existing town centre, the construction of new and attractive public spaces, together with improved lighting and pedestrian surfaces. This will make the town centre more attractive for shoppers and visitors looking to enjoy their leisure time. An exciting new play area will also be created to help cater for the needs of young families. The scheme will also create in excess of 500 new jobs.