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Development plan for market 3 May 2024 Development plan for Northampton’s renewed market to be considered by cabinet

New proposals aimed at shaping a vibrant future for Northampton’s markets are set to be considered by councillors next month.

Alongside the extensive renovation of the town’s historic Market Square opening this summer, a Markets Development Plan has been created to drive forward future improvements, boost trade and support existing traders at the new-look site.

West Northamptonshire Council’s Cabinet will meet to consider the proposals at their meeting on Tuesday, 7 May, which range from attracting new and specialist markets into the town alongside an existing offer of quality stalls to establishing a fresh programme of events for shoppers. Key to the proposals includes providing bespoke support to help existing traders make a successful transition to the ‘new’ market.

The development plan has been informed by the latest market and consumer trends as well as feedback from surveys asking local people what they would like to see at future markets.

Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth, said: “The refurbishment of our Market Square is a core part of the regeneration of Northampton and a key catalyst for attracting future shoppers and investment into our town.

“Northampton has one of Europe’s longest-running outdoor markets and the reimagined market square opening this summer will be a fitting home for it. It’s absolutely crucial that we build on this great work and set out plans for ensuring our markets and traders have a vibrant future ahead of them and this development plan is an important first step.

Cllr Lister added that discussions and meetings were under way with existing traders to ensure they received the right support during the transition back to the square ahead of the opening later this summer.

The development plan will set out the proposed tiered pricing structure for the flexible stalls and fixed units, as well as the support available for existing traders during the transition back to the square. He added: “We are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to trade at the new markets, which offers flexible stalls and fixed units. I’d encourage anyone who is interested - whether you have a great business or business idea and want to become part of our town’s rich heritage – to get in touch and learn more about the opportunities on offer and how we can support them.”

Businesses keen to register their interest are urged to contact the Markets Team at [email protected] before the deadline on 17 May 2024.

Click here to view the Markets Development Plan as part of the agenda and papers for the cabinet meeting on 7 May.

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West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team
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