Herefordshire Council’s cabinet was asked to give its final stamp of approval to a deal which will pave the way for work on the £90 million regeneration of the Old Market site.
The development includes two new open streets, a public square, 600 new parking spaces, restaurants and a six-screen cinema.
Once the principal building contractor has been appointed, tenders will go out for trade packages worth around £45 million as well as packages of work to fit out each of the retail and catering units once they are let. Local firms will be encouraged to tender for much of this work.
Plans are well advanced for the promotion of a series of training courses for people wishing to work in the 1,000 retail, catering and hospitality jobs created once the development opens.
Cabinet’s unanimous decision will now be considered by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee when it meets on Friday, April 13.
Cabinet will meet to receive the findings of the overview and scrutiny committee at an extraordinary meeting of cabinet to be held on Monday, April 16.