PLANS for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Darlington's Covered Indoor Market have been formally submitted to the council.

Market Asset Management, which runs the indoor market on behalf of owners Darlington Borough Council, submitted its plans to remodel the interior and exterior of the market building, in what it has described will transform it into a "21st century destination."

The management firm recently launched a survey to garner reaction from the public on whether to invest £2m in basic improvements or spend £3.5m for the redevelopment.

However an application submitted to Darlington Borough Council this week, reflects proposals for the full development.

As part of the plans, the firm is proposing to create a new visitors attraction -The Temperate Garden and Market Vaults - which will take up space on part of the ground floor.

The existing first floor space will be renovated as the 'Enterprise Haven', including new office space, meeting rooms and a new mezzanine.

While proposals also include an application to allow the management firm create and lease takeaway, restaurant and bar facilities within the market's basement space.

The indoor market exists within the Grade II listed market hall, meaning listed building consent will need to be approved before work can begin.

In the proposal, designers claim they can reduce the building's energy and water consumption through enhanced heating and ventilation systems.

They said this could be achieved through the installation of a biomass boiler using the building's existing chimney and new materials; modern glazing, low energy lighting, flooring and insulation.

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Outside will also be remodelled to include large glass windows, which Market Asset Management say will be more inviting, allowing passerby's to see into the market.

The planning application is now open for public consultation and will close on Thursday, July 25.

To comment on the application visit