The proposed redevelopment of Clitheroe Market has taken a step further following a meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s policy and finance committee.
The borough council entered into preliminary discussions with Barnfield Construction Ltd regarding a proposed redevelopment of the market site last year.
The Nelson-based company was given six months to research the viability of a retail development at the site and its findings were presented to councillors on Tuesday night.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Following an approach to the council, Barnfield Construction was given six months to establish if there was sufficient interest in developing Clitheroe Market.
“They have now concluded their research, which suggests that a redevelopment of the site would be viable. I am delighted by the encouraging level of interest from the private sector in this proposed scheme and the council will now proceed with a procurement process to take it forward.”
l The market dates back to the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century and was last redeveloped in 1995. A Clitheroe masterplan produced five years ago suggested a major upgrade of the site and attracting stores such as Marks and Spencer to the town to boost retail spending.
Under the latest plans, which are subject to the usual planning process, Ribble Valley Borough Council has earmarked £175,000 to be spent on redeveloping the market site. Proposals include the replacement of existing stalls with “Tudor style” timber cabins. There are also plans for a new car park.
Developers interested in making an expression of interest are asked to contact the council’s head of regeneration and housing, Colin Hirst, on 01200 414503.