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Planning application looms for Ormskirk bus station transformation

Downing Students is aiming to submit plans for a mixed-use transformation of Ormskirk bus station in the coming months.

The developer is working in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council to bring forward the Moor Street scheme.

Liverpool-based Downing has revealed details of its proposals to the local community and is seeking feedback prior to submitting a planning application for the project in the town, which is home to Edge Hill University.

It aims to replace the existing “dilapidated and dated” bus station facilities with a new bus station, a 199-bed student accommodation complex across three and four-storey blocks, two ground floor retail/leisure units fronting Moor Street, and a new public square linking the town centre and railway station.

Ormskirk bus station

How the scheme could look from the high street.

Computer generated images have also been revealed showing how the development could look at the site, which has been designated as a plot for redevelopment in West Lancashire Borough Council’s Local Plan.

According to Downing Students: “As part of this, the council seeks to provide a modern replacement bus station and facilities, improve accessibility to local transport links and ground floor uses such as retail and leisure which contribute to the regeneration of Ormskirk.

“The council is working with Downing to bring these objectives about alongside the introduction of purpose built student housing in this highly sustainable location.”

Downing Students has confirmed to Move Commercial that, subject to further consultation with the council and consideration of public comments, it will be looking to submit a planning application during the first quarter of 2019.