Coalville regeneration continues with plans for Newmarket transformation

A planning application showing how an old pub in Coalville will be transformed into an indoor market has been submitted.

Subject to planning permission, the former Litten Tree on Marlborough Square will be turned into a modern market hall, with traditional market stalls and food vendors, as well as flexible space for entertainment and events.

The front entrance of the market, which will be named Newmarket to reflect the historic name of the square, will be reconfigured to return some of the heritage features of the building. With extra glazing and a reinstated half-moon window above the door, the new front will be a “welcome change from the currently empty and derelict pub building.”

Once inside, visitors to Newmarket will be greeted by four food vendors and a shared seating area, with traditional market stalls selling a range of wares. Stallholders from the current indoor market have been offered space within the Newmarket or on the outdoor market in the redesigned Marlborough Square once this is complete. Others are being supported to move into alternative premises in the town centre.

The plans are the latest step in North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) work to regenerate Coalville town centre, with other schemes including a redesign of Marlborough Square, a frontage grant scheme for businesses and a wide-ranging events programme.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “One of our main priorities is the regeneration of Coalville and we are quietly plugging away at a number of projects that will support this. The new indoor market is a key part of our plans – moving away from a failing building in the wrong place to a modern space in the heart of the town. We’re very excited to get to planning permission stage and hope to receive approval from the committee so we can get on with the transformation of the former pub.”

Paul Sanders, Head of Community Services at NWLDC added: “We are grateful to the market traders who are coming with us on this journey and those who are taking our support to move their businesses into other premises in the town centre. They all have a part to play in the success of the town and I would encourage everyone to support them in the current market hall as we go through the build process and look forward to Newmarket opening next year.”

The planning application will be considered by NWLDC’s Planning Committee. The council is hoping to secure planning permission this year.

Should planning permission be granted, work will start immediately, with completion in the first half of 2020.