PRELIMINARY plans for the re-development of a market place have been shown to parish councillors.

In 2019, Corbridge Parish Council was given permission by Northumberland County Council to manage its Market Place in a bid to prevent vehicle users parking wherever they want.

And now draft proposals for the centre of the village have been drawn up.

Councillors were shown the plans, which include formalising parking and increasing the public realm spaces, at the latest Corbridge Parish Council meeting.

Councillors discussed the possibility of a farmers' market in the market place or jazz bands performing in the market place after it is developed.

Councillors also discussed loading areas, residential parking, and the need for disabled bays.

It was agreed that Corbridge Parish Council Chair William Clouston would report back to the landscape designer with their comments.

Plans for the refurbishment of the dilapidated pavilion on Corchester Playing Field in the village were also shown to parish councillors at the meeting.

"It's worth protecting and improving," said Coun. Clouston.

The plans include opening up the front of the building, as well as removing the internal timber cladding and replacing timber supports with RHS.

There would also be new non-combustible seating.

In May, Northumbria Police received a report of a fire at the disused pavilion.

Councillors agreed to take it to the next stage and get it costed, and architect Steena Steward will now prepare a more detailed design.