Market redevelopment plans take a step further forward

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The redevelopment of Clitheroe Market with potential for a hotel, restaurant, café, shops, car park and revamped market with a hall, cabins and stalls has taken its next step.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s policy and finance committee has agreed its intention to award the contract to redevelop the 1.4 acre site to Nelson company Barnfield Construction.

Barnfield Construction, whose extensive portfolio includes The Globe Centre, Accrington; The Ace Centre, Nelson; Boundary Mill, Colne; Stanley House, Mellor, and Blackfriars, Manchester, was chosen from a shortlist of developers following a rigorous selection process.

Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “The Clitheroe Market scheme generated strong interest from first-rate developers across the country and we received some stunning proposals for the site.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring modern retail and leisure facilities to Clitheroe town centre and we are delighted to welcome Barnfield Construction, which has a strong track record in schemes of this nature, as our development partner.”

Subject to planning approval, Phase 1 involving the construction of the new market is scheduled to be completed by February 2017, with Phase 2 involving the remainder of the site by April 2018.

Consultation with market traders and stakeholders will take place next year.