Next phase of works on Southgate site to begin
Work on the old Huddersfield Sports Centre site will begin w/c 13 March 2017, helping to prepare the area for future development.
The large site where Leeds Road meets the ring road was to have been developed by Tesco for a supermarket, but in 2015 the company abandoned its plans and the land returned to the council.
What will be taking place at the site over the next month?
Site investigations start on Monday for two to three weeks, followed by laboratory testing and reporting to confirm the ground conditions. The latest work comes after a desk top study by the council’s consulting engineers Curtins.
What have our Cabinet members agreed to do?
Cabinet members have agreed to market the land for sale, with possibilities including: offices, research and development facilities, or housing. The final scheme is likely to involve a mix of uses.
What do our Councillors think?
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Investment and Regeneration, said:
“This is strategically important site at a gateway to the town centre, and offers a great opportunity for development.
We will be inviting expressions of interest from around June, and by doing this work in the meantime we minimise uncertainty for investors – helping us achieve the best outcome that suits our needs as a district.”