Green light for ‘urban bazaar’

A PLAN for an “urban bazaar” at the Cains Brewery site in Liverpool has been backed by the city’s planning committee.

Organisers say the Sunday-only market, called the Baltic Yards, will feature independent retailers and food producers and be inspired by “some of the world’s most famous and visited city bazaars”.

Baltic Yards director Mo Maghazachi said: “We are delighted to have been granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council and we look forward to working with the city in obtaining the relevant licenses prior to us opening in November. We are currently in discussions with quite a number of independent retailers and we look forward to talking to many more over the coming weeks.”

Cains first unveiled plans for a food market, boutique hotel and apartments called Brewery Village last year as a rescue plan for the brewery when it was struggling with low margins from supermarket contracts, but since then it has been wound up.

However, Sudarghara and Ajmail Dusanj, who own the site, now have consent to turn part of the grade II-listed headquarters building on Grafton Street into a 100-bed boutique hotel, art house cinema, food market and restaurant. The plans, drawn up by Falconer Chester Hall, include a craft brewery and a second phase of apartments on an adjacent site.