Kirklees Council launches £250m vision for day town centre
Kirklees Council has launched The Huddersfield Blueprint – a ten-year £250m vision to create a ‘thriving, modern-day town centre’.
The Huddersfield Blueprint focuses on regenerating six focus areas in the town centre: Station Gateway, St Peter’s, Kingsgate and King Street, New Street, the Civic Quarter and the new Cultural Heart.
The overall costs of The Blueprint scheme could be up to £250million, with funds coming from national government, private investors, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Kirklees Council.
The Huddersfield Blueprint is part of the council’s wider Economic Strategy which plans to deliver growth and success throughout all towns, villages and valleys in the region, allowing every resident, business and organisation to reach their potential.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “I am delighted to be able to launch this ambitious plan for Huddersfield. We’re committed to seeing our economies thrive and these plans set out how Huddersfield will become a vibrant, family-focused town centre with something for everyone to enjoy.
“The extra visitors will boost business for the existing, diverse local restaurants, bars and cafes in Huddersfield and encourage new ones to open.”
The plans are subject to a three-month consultation and engagement period which will begin in the coming weeks. This will involve an online platform as well as face to face interviews with residents and a drop-in shop in the town centre. Detailed plans for the town can be found here.