Experts hail shopping precinct
The St Mary's Place shopping area received a commendation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to mark the Queen's Jubilee.
The redevelopment of St Mary's Place, on the site of the former cattle market, was instrumental in the regeneration of Market Harborough's town centre commerce and retail.
The project, which was completed in the mid-1990s, included a Sainsbury's supermarket and a large public car park as well as a pedestrian walkway over the River Welland and the introduction of the new shopping street.
Announcing the commendation on November 2, the RTPI said the development "represents a good example of balancing economic, social and environmental issues".
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Planners were also praised for retaining older buildings such as the listed cattle Settling Rooms.
Fritz Graves, head of planning at Andrew Granger & Co who worked with Harborough District Council on the project, said: "As far as I am aware, this is the first time a project in Harborough has been short-listed, certainly for such a commemorative award by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
"The project, instigated by the council, represents the best of visionary planning, demonstrating a thorough understanding of economic, social, and physical issues."