Concept proposals for the regeneration of Bacup Market are now available for your comment.
Plans for the new community-focused market include the construction of a state-of-the-art two-storey Market Hall offering local produce, crafts, food and drink on the ground floor and a cycle hub and makers spaces on the upper floor.
The cycle hub hopes to provide a retail outlet as well as a bicycle repairs and hire service enabling people to discover the Rossendale Valley on two wheels. The hub will be in close proximity to Lee Quarry – an 8km mountain bike trail and the Valley of Stone Cycleway.
The Market Hall will be built on the site of the former Barclays Bank, which backs onto the open market in the heart of the town centre and is expected to be completed by Spring 2026.
Apart from the food and drink offer a full programme of weekly, monthly and annual events will be held including pop-up stalls, specialist markets and live entertainment.
The outdoor market will be home to traditional stalls selling a variety of fresh food, creative works and household wares.
As part of the redevelopment, Union Street, which runs adjacent to the market, will be made one way, and pavements widened to give priority to pedestrians over vehicles and provide an opportunity for businesses to spill onto the pavements.
The Council is now seeking an experienced Managing Operator to establish Temple Court as a destination for visitors and bring the vision to life.