Blueprint engagement shop open
The three-month period for people to have their say on the £250million Huddersfield Blueprint, beginning on Monday 8 July has started.
How can I see the plans?
Residents can view the ambitious plans to create a thriving modern-day town centre at the Huddersfield Blueprint shop at Unit 32, the Piazza Centre, Huddersfield. The shop will be open Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm.
An online consultation survey is available for residents to take part in at
Taking centre stage within the Huddersfield Blueprint, launched on 26 June at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, is a new “Cultural Heart.”
Why is this important?
Built around the Queensgate Market and library buildings, our vison for a new Cultural Heart includes a library, art gallery, museum and live music venue in the Piazza and Queensgate area.
This would encourage more visitors and will be supported by restaurants, bars, cafes and the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
When is it planned to be completed?
The Queensgate Market building is being considered for the proposed new 700-1,000-capacity live music venue and is planned to be completed by 2023.
As part of the new Cultural Heart, the plans also propose to remove some of the Piazza buildings to create a large, family-friendly open space for people to gather. Kirklees Council has recently acquired the Piazza Shopping 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.
It looks at delivering five key objectives for Huddersfield Town Centre: a vibrant culture, art, leisure and nightlife offer, thriving businesses, a great place to live, improved access and enhanced public spaces.
A number of plans for each area have been drawn up, with a focus on bringing some of Huddersfield’s historic buildings back into use and redesigning streets and footpaths. New and existing businesses will be supported with the introduction of more homes to the town centre.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:
“We’re excited about these plans to transform Huddersfield town centre. We want to make it a thriving family-friendly place with something for everyone.
We launched the Blueprint on 26 June and the response we’ve received from residents, local businesses and potential investors has been very positive. We’re serious about regenerating all of our town centres in Kirklees, including Dewsbury and Batley. It’s vital that these plans work for the people that live and work there, that’s why it’s important that people let us know what they need.”
Plans are subject to a three-month engagement period which will begin on Monday 8 July.
For more information, to view the plans in full and to watch a fly-through video visit the Blueprint website – where you’ll also be able to share your thoughts on the plans from Monday 8 July.