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