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26th Jan, 2022

Council planning 'pop-up' businesses or events for Bromsgrove's vacant Market Hall site

BROMSGROVE’S former Market Hall site which has now been vacant for more than five years could be used for temporary ‘pop-up’ businesses or activities.

A report, which will go before Bromsgrove District Council on Wednesday, could have a ‘Bird Box’ pop-up – one which attracts ideas and activities that can ‘nest, grow and migrate’.

It would be a space where entrepreneurs could come and go, establish collaborative proposals and contribute to the wider cultural attraction of Bromsgrove town centre.

People who want to try out social spaces, food and drink markets, creative workshops and niche retail start-ups would all be welcome.

The redevelopment of the Market Hall site is considered a high-profile project which will create a gateway to Worcester Road, an area of the town centre which has attracted a variety of independent businesses.

A Waitrose food store was built at the other end of the town centre site in 2017 but much of it is still unused and, surrounded by fencing, it has become an eyesore for local people.

Council officers said there would not be any redevelopment taking place there for at least 18 months while the authority investigated the commercial viability of the site.

Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Karen May, said: “In the meantime it would be great to look at short-term options like pop-ups for the site.

“I can’t say what will go there for definite until we meet at full council later this month and decide what is financially viable.”

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