A first glimpse of the ambitious new £8m. re-development scheme for Clitheroe Market was unveiled this week.
The much anticipated project, which will include a 60-room hotel, restaurant, cafe, seven shops, 67-space car park and revamped market with a hall, 50 units, 28 cabins and 22 stalls was unveiled on Tuesday.
And hopes are high that the new look market will be completed by April, 2018.
Speaking at the launch, Ribble Valley Council leader Coun. Stuart Hirst said: “This is the first step towards the project becoming a reality.
“We now have to go through the planning stages and then we will start a consultation process with market traders and the public. So far the feedback has been positive and this is a very exciting opportunity for Clitheroe that will create employment and bring investment into the town.’’
It was revealed at the launch that hopes were high to secure a number of “high quality retail and leisure operators’’who are not currently represented in the town.
So far the feedback has been positive and this is a very exciting opportunity for ClitheroeRibble Valley Council leader Coun. Stuart Hirst
Dan Symonds, who is head of re-development and acquistions at Nelson-based Barnfield Construction, which has been awarded the contract for the scheme at the 1.4 acre site, said: “I cannot reveal any names at this stage but we do have interest from companies wanting to come to Clitheroe.’’
The project represents a significant investment in Clitheroe town centre and is expected to stimulate further investment and growth over the next few years.
Mr Tim Webber, who is the managing director and chairman of Barnfield Construction, said: “I am very excited about the scheme and look forward to working with Ribble Valley Borough Council on this project.
“Given that the redevelopment site is in the heart of the town we will carry out the scheme sympathetically in order to respect the surrounding buildings and we will do this as the scheme develops.’’
A scale model of the development has been produced along with an artist’s impression of how it could look. These have yet to pass through the planning process and are just the initial ideas at the moment, not the finished product.
Detailed plans for the scheme will be unveiled in the New Year and, subject to planning approval phase one, which involves the construction of the new market, is scheduled to be completed by February, 2017 with phase two involving the remainder of the site by April, 2018.
Coun. Hirst added that the re-development would be carried out around the market stall holders allowing them to continue trading with as little disruption as possible.
The scheme is set to be the subject of a rolling exhibition at the Ribble Valley Borough Council offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, from early 2016 until completion.