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'More details needed' over plans
An artist's impression of what the Edgar Street car park looks like
Artists' impressions of what the area could look like are on display
Traders have demanded more information about a major redevelopment plan for Hereford which may force them to move.

The 12-acre 200m development on the site of the cattle market off Edgar Street would include 1,000 new homes and a retail and leisure complex.

Those behind the Edgar Street Grid (ESG) project said they had been doing a lot to include local businesses.

An exhibition detailing the plans was being held at the city's Left Bank from Tuesday to Thursday.

Three different developers - Centros Miller, Modus and Stanhope - have put forward different designs on how to redevelop the former cattle market.

A final decision on the successful design will be taken at the end of February.

New jobs

However, businesses already in that area have said they have not been properly consulted and are concerned they would not receive any compensation for the disruption it would cause them.

Andrew Sanders, a spokesman for those businesses, said: "We want them to look again at the plans - we don't feel there has been a correct consultation here.

"All we've had this year is presentation by ESG which they have controlled. We have not actually had chance to put our point forward.

The current cattle market site off Edgar Street
The development is earmarked for the cattle market site

"We are not against redevelopment but any development must be right for Hereford."

Those behind the project said they wanted to make Hereford a top shopping destination to rival Worcester, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

They estimate that when the development opens in 2012 it will create up to 1,500 new jobs.

An extra 600 people will be employed to build it.

A spokesman for ESG said public consultation had been "at the very heart" of the project.

He said: "We recognise the importance of all the small, independent companies operating within the ESG area, and the role they play in the economy of the city and providing jobs.

"That is why special measures have been put in place to provide alternative sites and to fully support an orderly, planned move when the time comes in the next few years for them to relocate."

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