Residents are being asked to back plans to redevelop Clitheroe market and help to secure the town’s long term future.
Coun. Stuart Hirst, leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said that after decades of waiting, people now have a viable scheme in front of them, which with residents’ input, can be one that the town and Valley is proud of.
“The development proposals under consideration for the Clitheroe town centre market site do, I believe, offer a unique and visionary opportunity to improve significantly the retail and tourism potential of our main market town which could achieve major economic gains not only for the town but also throughout the Ribble Valley,” said Coun. Hirst.
“After decades of false starts there is now an impressive and viable scheme which could safeguard and enhance the area’s potential for the long term future and put Clitheroe firmly on the map as a destination of choice.
“It will enhance and build upon the success which is now attracting many smaller investment projects into the town and, significantly, for our council tax payers, the scheme is entirely funded by the private sector and requires no public subsidy, but retains the land in public ownership.
“Not only will the market itself have a secure future, but the much needed 60 bed hotel and quality retail and leisure space with accompanying parking will complete the attractiveness of the new town centre offer.
It is my genuine hope and ambition that at the end of that process we will have a proposal of which residents of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley alike can be justly proud and will give us the opportunity to make a generational improvement for the futureStuart Hirst
“Crucially, of course we must get it right. I am delighted that Barnfield’s public consultation is now under way and would encourage all residents to come and see the plans so the developer can incorporate changes before a formal planning application is made. That application will, of course, in the normal way, involve a further exhaustive consideration of the details and ultimately I am confident the consultation process will have been extensive, detailed and meaningful.
“It is my genuine hope and ambition that at the end of that process we will have a proposal of which residents of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley alike can be justly proud and will give us the opportunity to make a generational improvement for the future.”