Huddersfield Blueprint shop to reopen
The Huddersfield Blueprint shop is reopening in the town centre so residents can see how their feedback has shaped the plans.
What has been happening?
Our £250million Blueprint is set to become an official part of planning policy in Kirklees.
On 25 February 2020 Cabinet approved plans to make the Huddersfield Blueprint a Supplementary Planning Document – which will make it an official guideline for all town centre development.
The reason for this is to support the delivery of the Blueprint and to make sure all future developments in Huddersfield Town Centre fit into the vision. It will also help with future funding bids.
How have your comments been received?
It will factor in comments and suggestions made by the public during the three-month engagement process last year.
A four-week public consultation on the Huddersfield Blueprint Supplementary Planning Document began on 2 March 2020 – running until 30 March. The comments received will then be analysed and brought back to Cabinet for final approval.
For more information and to have your say go to our website.
Residents can also visit the Huddersfield Blueprint shop at Unit 32, the Piazza Centre, Huddersfield to share their views. The shop will be open every Friday and Saturday during the month of March 2020 from 10am-3pm – starting on 6 March 2020.
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:
“This is a really significant step towards delivering our vision for Huddersfield Town Centre.
Our Blueprint is a well-thought-out plan which is based on years of research and consultation with local people, businesses and organisations and it’s the right way forward for the town.
We can have visions and ideas but we can’t always influence other developments. By making the Blueprint a Supplementary Planning Document we can use it as an official policy to work with developers and deliver a thriving, modern-day town centre.”
Some of the changes made to the Blueprint following a three-month public engagement include: a new section on national and local context to explain the drivers behind the Blueprint.
There will also be more of a focus on how the council will address getting the basics right, such as parking and cleanliness. It also acknowledges the need for the Blueprint to contribute to Kirklees Council’s commitment to address the Climate Emergency.
The plan also updates projects such as the TransPennine Route railway upgrade, Better Connected Stations and Huddersfield market. It also gives more detail on delivery, based on recent planning permissions, funding and work with partners.
Projects and capacity are also be updated in light of council’s recent parking study and a funding and delivery programme.