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Council to ‘Take A Breather’ on Market Redevelopment

Published Thursday, 27 September 2018

Ribble Valley Borough Council is to take a breather on the proposed £9million redevelopment of Clitheroe Market.

The council’s policy and finance committee decided in June to agree heads of terms, a development agreement and financial appraisal for the scheme, after considering a revised design from developer Barnfield Construction based on feedback from extensive public consultation.

But the committee heard in September that although subsequent meetings with Barnfield Construction had been constructive no progress had been made on the scheme.

Councillors were told concerns had now been raised regarding access to the site and the deliverability of the scheme.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s director of economic development and planning, Nicola Hopkins, told the meeting: “The council is committed to bringing forward a scheme for the redevelopment of the market that meets the needs of Clitheroe town centre, market traders, businesses and visitors.

“This is a sensitive site, for which any redevelopment needs to respect the town’s history and heritage.

“To ensure that the right development is secured, it is recommended that rather than proceeding with the actions agreed by the committee in June officers will produce a further report advising on the best way forward.”

Nelson developer Barnfield Construction was selected to devise a redevelopment scheme for the 1.4 acre site in 2015 following a rigorous selection process.

The aim of the proposed redevelopment was to bring a new lease of life to the market and surrounding area, with the potential for attracting top retailers and significant economic development to Clitheroe town centre.

The original scheme attracted a mixed response, as a result of which Ribble Valley Borough Council ran a comprehensive engagement programme, but this revealed that public opinion was still divided.

The matter will come before the council’s policy and finance committee again in due course.

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