As the market development is progressing and with the Tuesday market temporarily operating at Hatherleigh Community Centre this brief update is to explain the current situation.
It is understood that most of the houses built and yet to be built by Kingswood Homes (KH) have now been purchased. There is currently a planning application that is ‘live’ where KH are seeking an amendment to the shop unit flats – to increase the number of flats by 3, and reconfigure the parking spaces behind these shops.
KW are soon to start building the new market area and they have stated they hope this area to be finished by summer.
The area includes a pannier building split into two (market/community space and auction room), open plaza space for outside stalls, and a rear 115 spaces carpark.
At present the majority of the building is open on 3 sides and Hatherleigh Town Council (HTC) has been seeking ways to source grant funding for additional walls/doors. This has so far proved unsuccessful.
Following demolition of the sheep shed the Tuesday market was operating on the site with a temporary marquee, however with Storm Arwen causing it significant damage and the unsuitable surface underfoot, the market operator took the decision to use the Community Centre in the interim. This will also benefit KH as they will have more space to shift plant around the site and speed things up.
The ownership of the area will continue to be under KH for the foreseeable future.
HTC requested investigative talks towards a long term lease but KH wish to continue leasing the market operations to the current market operator when the new site is available for use.
HTC will continue in a supportive role and will continue to monitor the situation.
We are currently waiting on news on another grant for ancillary items in preparation to support our much valued and much needed local market’s re-opening.
HTC will continue to subsidise the town carpark for visitors to Hatherleigh on market day. Please use and encourage others to use this car park as parking at the Community Centre is very limited….. and pavements are for people!
Please see attached a couple of images of the new market area.
If you can view the plans online simply type ‘Hatherleigh Market’ into the planning search bar on West Devon Borough Councils website.