LIVERPOOL is to have a new street market as part of the £850m Grosvenor development.
But it will not be to accommodate the current traders in Church Street who are being forced out by the end of March.
Instead the new market will be used for speciality days, such as farmers' markets, French or antiques markets and other one-off events.
The market will be located in Seel Street close to its junction with Hanover Street, outside what is now the Rapid Hardware garden centre.
That building is earmarked for demolition as part of the scheme.
The decision to introduce a street market comes after a long-running legal battle to rid nearby Church Street of its street stalls.
The city council is now involved in talks about relocating those stalls to other parts of the city centre, with Parker Street, Elliot Street and Houghton Street the favoured spots.
Liverpool has found that its farmers' markets and French markets have proved popular attractions.
They have usually been held in the pedestrianised section of Lord Street.
Having a permanent space for speciality markets is seen as offering more scope for more regular events.
Grosvenor project director Rod Holmes said: "The plan is to close off Seel Street at its Hanover Street junction, and that will make it ideal as a location for a street market.
"It will not be for daily stalls but occasional speciality markets. There could be farmers' markets each Wednesday, for example, or a monthly antiques market.
"We see a street market as part of what the whole scheme will have to offer as an attraction to visit Liverpool.
"Details of how many stalls there will be, and how often the market will open have yet to be decided. The consensus was that the proposed area will be ideal for an outdoor market."
The Hanover Street area will be one of six zones, each with a distinctive character, within the Paradise Street Development Area.
It is aimed to become a lifestyle-focused district with an eclectic atmosphere, with the proposed street market an important feature of the zone.
Most of the buildings due to be retained within the PSDA are within the Hanover Street area, making it ideal, says Grosvenor, for a cluster of homeware shops.
Council leader Mike Storey has also supported the idea of a street market area.
"The French and farmers' markets have proved to be very popular in the city centre," he said.