Clitheroe Market revamp moves step nearer

Colin and Stuart Hirst

Colin and Stuart Hirst

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Much-anticipated plans to breathe new life into Clitheroe’s under-used market site are finally moving forward.

The proposed redevelopment of the historic market took a step closer this week after the shortlist of six potential developers was reduced to two.

Research into the viability of a revamp of the 900-year-old site was presented to Ribble Valley Borough Council last year.

The selection of a development partner in line with the council’s procurement procedures started and a shortlist of six potential developers was drawn up.

Now, the shortlist has been reduced to two, who are currently finalising their submissions.

Mr Colin Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of regeneration and housing, said: “The final submissions will be evaluated with a view to making a recommendation to the council’s policy and finance committee in September.

This is a fantastic opportunity to bring modern retail and leisure facilities to Clitheroe town centre

Colin Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council

“We will then select a partner, who will work up a detailed scheme and submit a planning application for a retail-led mixed-use market development and car park.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring modern retail and leisure facilities to Clitheroe town centre, and the proposed scheme generated strong interest from developers across the country. We expect a planning application will be submitted and approved by next March, with work starting in the summer.

“We will be holding discussions with market tenants and businesses who may be affected by the proposed redevelopment over the coming months.”