Market Hall renovations to get thumbs up

Market Hall plans
Market Hall plans

Planners are set to give the go-ahead for a potential £2.5 million revamp of Scarborogh’s Market Hall.

The authority will meet today to give Listed Building Consent to the plans to build a new mezzanine floor at the historic building.

Scarborough Council has applied to the Coastal Community Fund, part of the Heritage Lottery scheme, for money to carry out the work. It should hear if it has been successful in the New Year.

The new level would feature a restaurant or cafe, and room for around 20 new businesses, as well as up to 30 new jobs.

The council has submitted the application for planning and listed building consent in order for the work to be carried out should the grant by approved.

Planning officers have recommended that the plans be given the green light and councillors are expected to ratify the proposals at the planning and development committee meeting today.

The agents acting for the council, Capita, says in its heritage statement that: “This new development brings together subtle and dramatic interventions into the Market Hall with stalls, mezzanine and restoration work around stone work, historic floor and details like the three remaining 19th century stalls alongside the new lighting scheme to allow the public to view the whole space and to appreciate the grandeur of the market hall as its 19th century patrons intended, a show of Scarborough’s civic pride.”

English Heritage has said that the applications should be approved and Environmental Health has raised no objections to the alterations.

Speaking about the plans last month the council’s investment manager, Nick Taylor, said: “The mezzanine floor will help to grow the number of businesses in the Market Hall and, hopefully, bring more people to the market.

“If more people come to the market then that has a knock on effect to the shops in surrounding area, so it would be a boost for the area should we get the funding.”