Underground arcade discovered

A subterranean shopping arcade which lay undiscovered for 120 years is set to reopen in West Yorkshire.

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Underground shopping site will "fit in with past"

The man hoping to development an underground Victorian shopping arcade in Keighley says there are many planning restrictions - and anything built will fit in with its Victorian pa

"We’d be very restricted for what we could do.

"It’s mainly on safety and fire assessment grounds. If we can get these things sorted then we definitely will develop it.

"It’s something we would really like to do. We’ve looked at opening it up with craft shops. It will be a working environment - shops that would fit in with what it used to be. We’ll utilise what’s in there."

– Nick Holroyd, manager of the Royal Arcade in Keighley

Other ideas being considered include creating a visitor attraction or converting the old shops for use by craftsmen and specialist traders.

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