Bradford Council will be gathering people’s views on its new city centre food market proposals at a number of consultation events this month.

The authority is keen to discover people’s opinions on the plans, their shopping and leisure preferences, and ideas on how to encourage more city centre shopping visits.

The Darley Street proposals include building a spacious modern market with a dedicated underground servicing area and a dynamic new public space to host outdoor stalls and specialist open air events.

The Council believes the development would add to Bradford’s draw as a shopping and leisure destination and attract more people into the city.

It would also increase the visibility of Piccadilly which features a number of high quality Victorian buildings.

Participants will be able to see plans, chat to staff, ask questions and give their feedback at the follow events which will be run by independent marketing consultants, Creative Race:

•        7 & 8 Feb, 10am to 4pm, The Markets Event Space in the Oastler Centre

•        11 Feb, 10am to 4pm, 1st floor in the Kirkgate Centre

•        12 Feb, 10am to 4pm, The Broadway Centre

•        13 Feb, 10-12pm, Bingley Library and 1pm-4pm, Keighley Market

•        14 Feb, 10am to 4pm, Shipley Library

There is no need to book, people can just turn up.

People who can’t attend but would like to express their views can go online at or email: or send correspondence to: Consultation, Units 1-5 Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate Centre, Bradford, BD1 2TE.

The Council will also host an informal consultation evening with professional stakeholders to build a greater understanding of the market plans, local trends and potential trader requirements.

Steve Hartley, Strategic Director of Place, Bradford Council, said: “This exciting transformational new development could offer significant benefits so we are very keen to hear people’s views on it.

“The markets could help redefine Darley Street and the city centre, and showcase the fantastic Victorian buildings on Piccadilly by making them a lot more visible.

“Shoppers, traders and other stakeholders will be critical to the success of the development so we will be listening very carefully to people’s feedback.”