Liskeard Cattle Market

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Five days of intense collaboration with local residents and businesses to co-design a vision for the future of Liskeard’s cattle market has produced exciting plans to breathe new life into the site.  The interactive planning and design ‘charrette’ produced ideas for the creation of a community heart complete with market square, new community centre, flexible public spaces for festivals and performances, affordable work spaces, and community garden to “up-cycle” the town, so that all residents will benefit.  Read the Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette Report Back.

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

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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. That includes the sale of part of the Cornwall Council-owned site for retail uses that are complementary to the existing businesses in town.

The Cattle Market is located at the heart of Liskeard, at the edge of the main shopping area. Currently the site is broadly split between car parking and the Cattle Market area with a number of small retail / workshop spaces along the northern boundary. The southern part of the site forms the Cattle Market which is made up of several buildings and livestock pens.

Priorities have been defined with the help of the Neighbourhood Plan, views put forward by residents during public consultations and a business demand study conducted by Liskeard Town Council.

Proposals for workspaces are expected to go for planning approval by the end of the year, and there’s clear potential for attracting creative industries.

Community and arts are also high on the agenda, as well as 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.

In 2016 Cornwall Council commissioned Lacey Hickie and Caley Ltd (LHC) to carry out a development study to look at potential future uses for the site. The aim of the study was to develop proposals for regeneration of the site to provide new activity in Liskeard Town Centre that will increase the vitality of the town and enhance facilities for the local community and visitors. As part of the Study, LHC undertook a public consultation which found there was strong local support for redeveloping the Liskeard Cattle Market site, with 87% of residents, businesses and local organisations, taking part in the consultation, agreeing that regenerating the site would be good for the town’s economy. View the public consultation boards.

The study concluded in early 2017 and since that date Cornwall Council have continued to review the options with stakeholders, discuss with potential investors and development partners, and consider and apply for potential funding.

The work to date has been undertaken in consultation with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. Further information can be found on the Plan Liskeard website.