Eastgate development outline application now received. What’s in it for the Market?
Hammerson’s outline planning application documents can now be found here
Developer Hammersons have re-submitted their plans for a huge retail complex next to Kirkgate Market on March the 10th after the plans were on hold with the global financial crisis. We don’t know much yet about the new plans beyond what has been said on the media although Hammerson has been kind enough to design a leaflet specifically directed at traders at Kirkgate Market which you can see above
We have already talked in this blog about the worries by traders about this development. This leaflet tries to clarify some of these worries but we still need to see the actual application and evaluate the impact. Hammerson has had at least a meeting with traders and the council is now seeking to involve them more in thinking about the future of the Market. This is nothing new as we know that the Council has always been keen to link up any investment in the Market with a possible redevelopment of the area around the Eastgate. And the consequence is that despite the council making at least £2m surplus from the market EVERY YEAR, investment has been waiting for a mega development. The first plans for the area date back from the late 1990s but the Eastgate development is scheduled to open in 2015 the earliest. The Market has been waiting for something to happen for far too long.
We will be discussing how to respond to this new application at our next meeting on the 4th of April, 6pm at O’Neills pub (Great George St) so come to share your views!