Earlier this year senior councillors agreed in principle that the size of the market could be reduced by 25 per cent and instructed officers to draw up a feasibility report on how that could be achieved.
Yesterday it was announced Norfolk Property Services (NPS) is to lead the feasibility studies.
Before the work commences, however, there will be a consultation which will run until mid-June. Once this information has been captured, NPS will then put together five options for what the market could look like. These options will be presented to the public and be open to feedback.
The online survey is available to complete at www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/strategy
It is envisaged a report will be presented to Leeds City Council’s executive board in January next year.
Coun Gerry Harper said: “The council is committed to keeping the market under its ownership, and we know what an important role it has to play in the retail offering in Leeds.
“Its future has been widely debated already, but we now need to make steps towards making definite decisions with help of people across the city.”