Hereford & Worcester

Hereford livestock market regeneration fully approved

Hereford livestock market
Image caption Hereford livestock market moved to a new custom-built site last July

Plans for the £90m regeneration of Hereford's former market have been fully approved, meaning more than 1,000 jobs will be created in the city.

The development will include 600 parking spaces, two streets of shops, restaurants and a six-screen cinema.

Leader of Herefordshire Council John Jarvis said demolition was due to start in the next few weeks.

The livestock market was moved last July so the area around Edgar Street could be redeveloped.

It had been on the site for more than 150 years and is now at a new custom-built market at Stretton Sugwass.

The council said some of the changes to the original plans were approved at a meeting held on Monday.

Opponents of the scheme had been angered that part of a meeting earlier this month was held in private but Mr Jarvis has said certain commercial details needed to be kept confidential.

Once completed, the council said the site would create 1,100 retail, catering and hospitality jobs.

Building the development will also create apprenticeships, training schemes and graduate jobs, the council said.

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