Regeneration of Wakefield's market site is set to move forward

03/07/2018, PR8837

Wakefield’s Market Hall could be demolished early next year to make way for the redevelopment of the site as a new leisure destination.

The regeneration boost will bring a nine-screen cinema, to be operated by The Light Cinema brand, together with restaurant and café units to the city centre. Planning permission was secured for the development by Sovereign Centros, together with the owners of the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre after the sale of the site, currently occupied by the city’s Market Hall, was agreed - in principle.

The majority of traders have moved out of the Market Hall, with many of them relocating to other markets or units. There are now just four traders remaining and the facility is costing a significant amount of money to continue to run.

If Cabinet give the go-ahead for the demolition, council officers will be able to discuss a proper timescale for demolition with the four traders and enable them to prepare for the closure. The Council has already helped the majority of traders to move on from the Market Hall and this dedicated support will continue to be offered to those who will be affected.

A report going to Cabinet on 10 July is seeking £300k funding to carry out the demolition of the current building, but keep the existing canopy. It is intended that the cost will be recovered from the developer.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth said: “We know that the uncertainty around the Market Hall closure date is affecting not just the four remaining traders but also some businesses in the area.

“Funding the demolition means we can move forward to work with traders and agree the timeframe for closure, which we expect will be sometime in the new year, as well as giving businesses the assurance they want.”

The report will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting which starts at 10.30am. People can watch the meeting live or later at
www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream or come along in person to Wakefield Town Hall.

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