Markets on the move this summer?

A computer generated image of what the new Wakefield outdoor market will look like.
A computer generated image of what the new Wakefield outdoor market will look like.

Plans to move the city’s outdoor market to the cathedral precinct have been submitted.

Wakefield Council hopes to move traders to the new site after it decided to sell the city’s current market hall to the owners of the nearby Trinity Walk shopping centre.

A location plan of how Wakefield Market would be outside the cathedral

A location plan of how Wakefield Market would be outside the cathedral

The new outdoor facility would see more than 50 stalls set up on the cathedral precinct, Northgate, Teall Street and Westmorland Street.

Indoor stallholders are expected to move into the Ridings but talks between the council and centre owners have been delayed owing to its possible sale.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “While the plans for the outdoor market have been submitted, the problem we’ve got is that we have hit some delays in moving the indoor traders to the Ridings because of the possible sale of the centre.

“We are also conscious of the fact that the indoor market is struggling and if we were to move the outdoor one straight away it would isolate the indoor market and make it even worse for the traders.”

The council first announced plans to sell the market in 2014 – just six years after the £5m facility opened.

Traders were due to move to their new pitches early this year but Coun Jeffery said that had now been delayed until the summer.

She added: “We are hoping to continue talks with the Ridings about the costs of having the market in the shopping centre .

“We’re looking at moving both the indoor and outdoor markets in the summer.

“We’d love to do it sooner because we think it is beneficial to the traders but we won’t move one without the other because that wouldn’t help matters.”

The Express reported earlier this month that Ridings owners Moorfield Group has been in discussions to sell off a multi-million pound property portfolio, which includes the shopping centre.

The Ridings is listed among properties which Moorfield is in talks to sell to private equity company Lone Star as part of a deal worth £1bn.

Coun Jeffery said: “We just need to talk to the owners and come together on a deal for the indoor market.”

Planning bosses at the council will now decide whether to grant permission for the outdoor market.

Ridings’ owners Moorfield Group and PlusShops, who manage the centre, both refused to comment.