Bacup’s new market square plan revealed minus the hotel

A NEW hotel has been dropped from the latest Market Square redevelopment plans in a historic East Lancashire town.

And the height of a new indoor retail center and food hall has been reduced.

Revised proposals for the Bacup Center are now ready to be considered for Rossendale Council’s upgrade bid to the Government.

The £6.09million plan has been approved by the city’s 2040 Vision Board.
The proposed redevelopment includes a new market hall with a permanent food court and spaces for traditional market stalls.

There will also be a new temporary market space for use by regular traders as well as for special events.

The original plan hotel was removed and the height of the covered market and food hall was reduced to two stories, in line with the conservation area.

The old Barclay’s Bank will be replaced by a cycle café and hub.

This is to encourage visitors to the center of Bacup and also to take advantage of the many cyclists who pass through the town and use the cycling facilities at Greenway and Lee Quarry.

A small car park is also planned, focusing on electric vehicles and parking for drivers with reduced mobility.

Bacup 2040 Vision Board Chairman Simon Dalley said, “Bacup Market Square sits at the heart of our historic city.

“However, the market is currently underutilized and does not contribute to the city’s economy as a modern market should.

“We have always focused on the market as the centerpiece through which to create a new economic engine for the growth of the city. These revised plans truly deliver on our vision and we are confident that they will be included in the offering of Upgrade.”

Rossendale Council’s Bacup Regeneration Manager, Cllr Barbara Ashworth, said: ‘We are very pleased with the revised plans and the positive way in which they have been received.

“They feed into our larger 2040 vision for Bacup.”

Greensclough curator Cllr Peter Steen said: “I have been delighted with the latest plans for the improved Bacup Market Square.

“It brings the region into the 21st century while retaining unique heritage features.
“It will be a multifunctional area that integrates a traditional market with a modern commercial and leisure offer for residents and visitors.”

Projects that successfully secure Leveling Up funding will be announced in the summer of 2022 and work is due to be completed in 2024.

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