Thousands take part in Huddersfield Blueprint engagement
Our £250million Huddersfield Blueprint vision has now reached more than one million people online and thousands of residents have taken part in the public engagement.
When did the engagement start?
In July, the council launched a three-month engagement period for the Huddersfield Blueprint which plans to create a thriving modern-day town centre.
Key to the community engagement – which officially ended on 1 October, 2019 – was the Blueprint shop at the Piazza Centre, where residents could view the ambitious plans; with almost 2,500 visitors turning up to see how the town centre could look.
What is the Huddersfield Blueprint?
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.
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.
An online engagement was also made available where residents could view the plans in full and fill out a questionnaire with their feedback. In total the website has been visited more than 38,000 times during the public engagement period.
A further 8,500 residents also took part in face-to-face conversations with council officers, discussing how they felt about Huddersfield Town Centre; whilst The Huddersfield Blueprint’s social media campaign reached over 1.4million people.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said:
“The success of the Huddersfield Blueprint engagement shows how passionate the people of Huddersfield are about where they live.
We are most grateful that so many members of the public have shown such interest, their comments are invaluable to us in planning the future of our town.
It’s been a massive success and we’ll now use all the feedback and information we’ve received to inform key decision making; ensuring we deliver what the people of Huddersfield want.
It’s a really exciting time and I can’t wait to see how the plans develop going forward.”
The Huddersfield Blueprint 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.
Comments received from residents will now feed into the final Huddersfield Blueprint plans.
The view the plans visit the Huddersfield Blueprint website