PLANS for a 5.18 hectare livestock market will be going ahead.

Torridge District council approved proposals for development of an Agri-Business centre in Holsworthy at the Plans Committee meeting on Thursday.

The centre would be built to house the livestock market which currently takes place in the town.

The supporting document submitted with the application stated: “On market days the town centre becomes severely congested with livestock market traffic, creating poor environmental conditions.

“This primarily results from the majority of livestock market traffic approaching the town from the north.”

The document then goes on to state the market has shown a year on year growth since the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001.

It said: “The existing market site is in very poor condition and requires urgent, major investment to meet the requirements of a modern day facility.

“The council (as landlord) does not have the financial resources to invest the required level of expenditure in what is an unsustainable site.

“If nothing was done, the market would continue to deteriorate to a point of closure.

“However to ensure Holsworthy continues to remain as a vibrant market town, the strategy has revolved on utilising the redevelopment value of the existing site to fund a new facility in a more sustainable location.”