Melton Mowbray Livestock Market – Layout Plans for Replacement Livestock Building
Published Friday, 13th March 2015
Melton Borough Council has now released a layout plan for Phase 1
Following the news that Melton Borough Council, in partnership with Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, has secured £3.5 million of “Local Growth Fund” grant funding to help secure the future of the Melton Mowbray Livestock Market, Melton Borough Council has now released a layout plan for Phase 1 - the relocation and replacement of the Livestock Building. It is anticipated that the full planning application will be submitted in the next few weeks. The Cattle Market Rationalisation Project aims to protect and safeguard the livestock market on the current site for the next 20 years as well as freeing up land in the south of the site for complementary development.
Cllr Joe Orson said:
“These are exciting times for the Cattle Market, the design separates out parking for livestock vehicles to the rear of the new livestock building helping to ease traffic congestion on the site, leaving the south of the site for the general public to visit safely. We also plan to divert the public footpath providing a more direct route across the site from Nottingham Road to Scalford Road taking the public through the market areas in the south and away from the livestock vehicles.
The Council, the Melton Mowbray Market Partners and the design team have worked closely together on the scheme to ensure that it is fit for purpose and are also currently looking into opportunities for environmental initiatives such as rainwater harvesting and solar panels, which will help to reduce running costs and we will shortly be submitting a planning application for the proposal.”
Melton Borough Council would like to get the views and opinions of those connected to the market and Melton Borough on what sort of facilities and activities people would like to see on the market. The plans will be on site on Tuesday the 17th March 2015 and an officer available to take comments and suggestions on the new livestock building, the proposed footpath route and any ideas that you may have for uses that are complementary to the Market Hall and Fur and Feather business on the southern part of the Cattle Market site.
Views can be communicated to LivestockMarket@melton.gov.uk or onsite on the 17th March 2015.
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.