PROPOSALS to refurbish Ormskirk bus station, which include the demolition of the existing building, have been recommended to be approved by officers at West Lancashire Borough Council.
The plans, which have been submitted by Lancashire County Council, will go in front of the borough council’s planning committee this Thursday, November 25.
The proposed redevelopment forms part of the wider Eastern Gateway project, which has been designed to improve public realm and enhance facilities for sustainable travel in the areas of Moor Street and St Helens Road to the east side of Ormskirk town centre.
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As part of the plans the existing building to the west would be demolished and a new single storey public toilet, office, storage building would be built to the east of the site. Upgraded street lighting and bus shelters with internal seating and illumination would be installed, and paving would be updated.
A segregated cycle track would be installed to the west of the site which would link Moor Street to an existing cycle path towards Ormskirk Railway Station.
Lancashire County Council has said the existing bus station site is a “key arrival” and departure point for public transport passengers travelling to Ormskirk for leisure, retail, employment and educational purposes.
However they add: “The bus station has a somewhat dated and unwelcoming appearance incompatible with its role as a public transport hub within a prominent conservation area setting.”
The application was due to be decided under the council’s delegation scheme, but Councillor Ian Davis asked for it to be referred to the Planning Committee because of the application’s size and “significance to the community.”
In planning documents for the meeting, the corporate director of place and community at the borough council, Heidi McDougall wrote in favour of the application: “I consider that the principle of the proposed development is acceptable in this town centre location, as it would provide enhanced facilities for sustainable transport and would be an acceptable form of development within the Ormskirk Town Centre Conservation Area.
“I am satisfied that the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on residential amenity, highway safety or biodiversity and would provide an adequate drainage system and appropriate landscaping. I am satisfied that the proposed development accords with all relevant policies in the National Planning Policy Framework and Local Plan.”