Liskeard Cattle Market

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has announced a £590,000 investment in the regeneration of Liskeard Cattle Market. The LEP’s funding comes from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

You can read the full announcement on the CIOS LEP website. 

CIOS LEP website

Background on the project

The Cattle Market is at the heart of Liskeard, at the edge of the main shopping area.

Since the final sale in December 2017, work has been going on behind the scenes to determine a great future for this prime town centre site.

Cornwall Council has been working with:

  • Liskeard Town Council
  • local Cornwall Council members
  • and other stakeholders

to identify future options for the Council owned site.

The emphasis is on bringing more local people and visitors into Liskeard. This includes the sale of part of the Cornwall Council-owned site for retail.  

The site is split between;

  • car parking
  • and the former cattle market area.

There are some small retail / workshop spaces along the northern boundary.

The southern part of the site formed the Cattle Market which was made up of several buildings and livestock pens.

Priorities have been defined with the help of;

  • the Neighbourhood Plan
  • public consultations
  • a business demand study conducted by Liskeard Town Council
  • and the Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette

Community, arts and the potential for attracting creative industries are high on the agenda. Also there is a potential expansion of the GP surgery.

Both councils are working with the trustees of the Liskerrett Community Centre to find funding for expanding community facilities.

The work to date has been undertaken in consultation with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

View the neighbourhood plan pages

Further information can be found on the Plan Liskeard website

Plan Liskeard website

Progress so far

The latest Liskeard Cattle Market presentation was shown at the Liskeard Town Council meeting in October 2019.

This sets out the progress so far on the masterplan. In addition to proposals to provide work space aimed at digital and creative industries.

ERDF Workspace

The cattle market closed in December 2017. Since then, groups have worked together to develop proposals to transform the site.

These groups include:

  • Cornwall Council
  • Liskeard Town Council
  • the community
  • and other groups

A mix of uses that will regenerate the site and support the vitality of the town centre have been developed.

The first phase of redevelopment includes:

  • the demolition of derelict buildings and cattle pens
  • construction of new workspace ‘The Workshed’.

This will provide 17 flexible units and collaborative workspace. These are aimed at Cornwall’s booming digital and creative industries sectors.

The project will support around 33 jobs and adding around £1.2m a year to the local economy.

Construction is currently underway and due to complete in summer 2022.

This work is will cost around £5.2m which is being funded through:

  • £2.265m grant from the European Regional Development Fund
  • £0.690m grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. This award was through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • The remaining funding being provided through Cornwall Council’s own investment.

Additionally, the adjacent car park will be re-laid. A new covered market area will be created, together with high quality public spaces.

Cattle Market Makers Project

The Liskeard Cattle Market Makers Project – led by Liskeard Town Council, is another exciting initiative. This is also planned for the Cattle Market site.

CMMP has secured investment from the Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme and Cornwall Council.

  • It will build a community of makers while some of the longer-term plans for the cattle market take shape and will include delivery of a Creative Industries Hub. This is a small-scale and modular development of c.100m2.
  • It will incorporate workspace units, training rooms and a site office.

CMMP will be aimed at individual craftspeople and makers.

  • It will also provide business and skills support

This support will start with established makers, who can help as trainers and technicians.

They will extend to economically inactive people. Their interest and confidence can be stimulated by participating in creative and craft activities.

These steps contribute towards;

  • education
  • job search or self-employment

The development of workspace in Liskeard is identified as a priority within local place shaping strategies.

The workspace will:

  • build on local strengths and capitalising on local opportunities
  • contribute to the productivity of the area both through the direct impact on local businesses and the knock-on impact of the regeneration of the town centre.

The project will combine physical regeneration, through delivery of the Creative Industries Hub.

Also, there will be business and skills support to enable the growth and expansion of the creative sector in the Liskeard area.

It will provide unique opportunities for excluded individuals to gain arts and crafts skills. This can help them on the way to securing employment within this expanding sector of the local economy.

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