Big steps forward for Our Local Centre Cleckheaton

artist illustration of Cleckheaton town Centre

We have reached a significant milestone signalling an important next step in regenerating the heart of Cleckheaton.

We are drawing up exciting plans and asking local people to share their ideas to help shape the town’s future. 

The ‘Our Local Centres’ programme aims to provide support and investment to Cleckheaton and to other towns across the district. Ensuring that Kirklees has vibrant centres, sustainable well-connected communities, and healthy, happy residents.

Safeguarding the future of the town is at the heart of the programme.

Our Local Centres programme has begun focusing on Cleckheaton and three other centres: Batley, Holmfirth and Heckmondwike. These towns provide a convenient next stage as they are the next largest and most important centres defined by work undertaken as part of the Local Plan.

The ‘master planning’ process will identify projects to be delivered in the heart of Cleckheaton town centre over the next 10-15 years. So local people’s views are needed as it is a place where they live, work, shop and visit. 

What is the Master Plan?

The master plan follows several months of engagement with the local people and businesses of Cleckheaton to capture views on what people currently think about their town. Further site visits, research, public consultation, ward councillor input, information from the community and local knowledge have input into the draft master plan. This will highlight some fantastic potential projects that will build on and enhance Cleckheaton. 

Projects identified in the draft master plan include improvements to:

  • Savoy Square and the Market
  • Investment at Spen Bottoms
  • Better links with the Greenway
  • A bigger town square and space for the creative industries to thrive.  

Once agreed upon later this year, the master plan will be the basis for future investment.

There is currently £1.5 million in the first stage of funding to deliver some work. Future funding will be secured for the agreed masterplan projects.

We recognise that ‘Our Local Centres’ play an important local role and are part of a strategy which allows local people to access a wider range of local services and contribute to a more sustainable way of living which embraces our climate change agenda.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of the Council, said:

“Towns are undergoing rapid change, whilst persistent challenges such as peoples shopping habits, and out of town shopping more recently to online shopping put many communities under pressure.

This programme presents new and exciting opportunities for the community of Cleckheaton, and its businesses.

It is about giving villages the tools to address their own challenges, while also contributing to the bigger challenges facing society as a whole.”

Councillor Graham Turner, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres, said:

“The Our Local Centres project is an ambitious and carefully crafted proposal that expresses our confidence in these town centres.

These changes will allow the towns to deliver a thriving, successful and attractive heart to Cleckheaton. Which will serve the needs of local people and businesses for decades to come. I would encourage residents to get involved in the consultation and help us shape their town centre”  

The public consultation on these draft ideas will run from 27th June – 27th July 2022.

You can access the survey online via Virtual engage

If you live in Cleckheaton and would prefer to fill in a printed copy of the survey, please phone 01484 221 000 or request via email at: ourlocalcentres@kirklees.gov.uk

There will also be opportunities to speak to council officers to understand more about the master plan at our face-to-face events:

  • Saturday 2 July, 11am to 2pm, St Johns Car Park, Cleckheaton
  • Tuesday 5 July 6pm to 8pm, Cleckheaton Town Hall
  • Tuesday 12 July 10am to 2pm Cleckheaton Market
  • Friday 15 July 10am to 2pm Cleckheaton Library

You can also visit the ‘Our Local Centres’ page.