Melton Borough Council

Successful bid application for Livestock Market

Published Thursday, 29th January 2015

We have received confirmation that our bid of £3.5m for “Growth Fund” to secure the future of the Livestock Market in Melton Mowbray has been successful

Melton Borough Council and Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) have received confirmation that their bid for £3.5 million to help secure the future of the Melton Mowbray Livestock Market. This is part of a wider £20 million Growth Deal for Leicester and Leicestershire announced by Secretary of State Rt Hon Eric Pickles, today. 

These funds together with an allocated £2million from the Council capital receipts budget will provide funding for Phase 1 of the two phased project . Phase 1 is relocation and replacement of cow sheds which will protect and safeguard the livestock market on the current site for the next 20 years.Phase 2 will be development of an “opportunity area” for food and drink and rural related activities. 

The existing facilities, especially those for auctioning of cattle, are in a poor condition and no longer fit for purpose - they do not meet the standards of animal welfare achieved by more modern markets. Replacements pens are required to ensure that Melton Livestock market remains safe, competitive and continues to comply with increasingly stringent DEFRA requirements.
The grant funding also means that the Council can avoid an estimated £1million of patch up repairs expenditure on an asset that has reached the end of its useful life. Instead the project will unlock the potential of the southern ‘opportunity area’ through better use of space on site

A development programme will now be drawn up with consultants Pick Everards and the appointed contractor Morgan Sindall to agree target dates–a planning application for Phase 1 is expected to be submitted in the near future. 

Cllr Joe Orson said:

“We are delighted that Central government have approved this funding for Melton Livestock Market and shown its support for the local rural economy. This is a landmark decision for Melton Mowbray securing the long-term future of the Cattle market a key asset in the rural community and economy within Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands. We now have a greater degree of certainty for the project and a green light for the next stage.

The project is expected to bring additional benefits at the market by providing an enhanced division between livestock and visitors, resulting in better safety and improved flows across and into the site; and enhanced traffic flows in and around the site.

Negotiations have commenced with the existing Market Partners for a new 20 year lease agreement on the livestock market. 

The timing of the project needs to be confirmed with LLEP and the contractors however we expect to be submitting a planning application for phase 1 in the near future.”. 

Melton Borough Council would like to get the views of those connected to the Borough of Melton and the market on what sort of facilities people would like to see on the opportunity site. Views can be communicated to Livestock Market

For more information please contact:

Name:  David Blanchard
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502416

Editors note:

Melton Borough Council has had long held ambitions to improve the existing 7 hectare site. Plans for the re –development and improvements have been in the making for the past 10 years or so, various studies have identified the close relationship between the livestock market and the town centre, in 2009 the Council secured funding and acquired the strategically located abattoir site. 

In contrast with many other livestock markets in the Country that have relocated out of town, the Council decided to retain the market in its edge of town location. The challenge is to retain the livestock market on the existing site and also create room for a new development that will complement the town centre and existing businesses situated at the site. 

The Livestock Market is potentially the largest and most significant redevelopment opportunity for Melton in the next five years. Development of this site will bring benefits to the Town Centre and careful planning will enable comprehensive mixed use, food, drink and rural economy hub to complement the existing retail offer in Melton. 

It is clear that there is a need to ensure that the market is brought up to date to meet expectations of buyers and sellers at livestock auctions and also comply with Defra recommendations on the sale of livestock. 

The proposals will help to improve transport and the flow of pedestrians around the site and improve Health and safety standards. 

About The LLEP’s Growth DealThe £20.3million Growth Deal funding follows the LLEP’s first successful Growth Deal bid for £80million, announced in July 2014. The total Growth Deal allocation for the Leicester and Leicestershire area is therefore in excess of £100million.

This £20.3 million phase is committed to four specific projects which will see over 1,200 jobs created and local investment of over £80million by 2021. The four projects include:

Leicester City Council Connecting Leicester scheme 
Melton Cattle Market
Leicester & Leicestershire Workspace Programme 
Midland Mainline Improvements – Market Harborough

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