Plans for a £2.4m redevelopment of a Northumberland town's market have been drawn up.
The new market place could be completed by summer 2008
An artist's impression of Blyth's market place with new tree-lined walkways has been released in the build-up to a planning application.
Blyth Valley Borough Council said work could start on the scheme in September, with completion by summer 2008, if approval was granted.
The plan aims to attract people to the area on days when the market is closed.
Other sites in the town and on the quayside have been identified for new shops, housing and office buildings.
The council is working on the project with the South East Northumberland and North Tyneside Regeneration initiative (SENNTRi), OneNorth East and English Partnerships.
Jeremy Sherlock, director of SENNTRi, said: "The new vision for Blyth will have a major impact on the town encouraging further investment in the area.
"The quality of the public space in the town is vital if we are to be successful in creating an environment that people want to live and work in."