Tyne & Wear

Newcastle's Bigg Market area in line for £3m revamp

Newcastle Bigg Market
Image caption The Bigg Market has a high concentration of bars

Newcastle's historic Bigg Market is in line for a multimillion-pound facelift after revamp plans were approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The area, which has a cluster of bars and restaurants, also contains 31 listed buildings and an ancient market.

The HLF has given city development company NE1 more than £200,000 to further a major conservation project.

NE1 hopes additional funding of £2.8m can be secured to begin the work in early 2016.

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