Market hall dream moves step closer

Dransfield Properties' plans for a new Market Hall and ASDA foodstore in Poulton
Dransfield Properties' plans for a new Market Hall and ASDA foodstore in Poulton
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AMBITIOUS plans for a new market hall in the centre of Poulton have been submitted to planning chiefs.

The new town centre regeneration scheme features a 31,000 sq ft Asda foodstore which could create 200 new jobs in the town.

The development also includes an oak framed building which will house a new market hall as well as the town’s post office and library.

A new link road to improve town centre traffic flow is also part of the submission.

The plans have been submitted by the owners of The Market Hall – formerly Village Walks, Dransfield Properties Ltd, in conjunction with Asda.

The proposals were displayed in an open public consultation session in April.

Since then the plans and artist’s impressions have been displayed at the Market Hall and changes have been made to reflect the feedback received by local residents.

Andrew Malley, retail property director at Dransfield Properties, said: “There was a clear message from people who attended our consultation event, there are many families in Poulton who are not currently able to do their main food shopping here, and would like to see more choice in the town to meet their needs.

“People were very impressed with the architecture of the new market hall and we had some really positive feedback, we also revisited the architecture of the foodstore following some of the comments we received through the consultation process.

“We have listened carefully and responded with a well thought through scheme which will benefit the whole town.”

Dransfield Properties bought the Village Walks shopping centre in July 2010

The firm had hoped their bid for the Teanlowe Centre would be accepted by the Co-op group but Booths supermarket has since announced it had purchased the facility and have showcased their plans to demolish a section of the shopping centre to build a state-of-the-art new store.

The plans will be available to view and comment on through the Wyre Council website and can also be viewed on the Dransfield Properties website at www.dransfield.co.uk.