Cabinet approves proposals to improve Holmfirth town centre.

What are the plans?

If you live in Holmfirth or visit regularly, you might have heard of the Holmfirth Town Centre Access Plan (HTCAP).  This is a multimillion-pound plan to improve one of our most picturesque tourist towns, with a big focus on accessibility.

The priorities:

  • Creating wider, safer footways which would support both able-bodied and disabled visitors comfortably
  • Tackling issues with congestion by changing the way traffic flows through the town centre
  • Introducing a 20mph speed limit in the town centre to improve both safety and air quality
  • Making sure illegal parking and loading is prevented, whilst providing businesses and disabled visitors with dedicated loading and parking areas
  • Transforming the current car park into a brand new multi-use car park/events space
  • Making Holmfirth’s bustling town centre even more attractive through public realm improvements

What would the changes look like?

If the plans are approved the footways on Huddersfield Road, Victoria Street and Hollowgate are set to be widened.  Three new routes would also be created between Huddersfield Road and Hollowgate.

The way traffic flows through the town centre would be updated to help with congestion and a 20mph limit would be introduced throughout the town centre. This would improve both safety and air quality.

Further updates are planned for Victoria Street, a new loading bay and two disabled parking spaces will be created. This will allow businesses and disabled road users to have dedicated spaces to load and park without any illegal parking on this stretch of road.

What would the new multi-use space look like?

The plans include developing the existing town centre car park into a multi-use car park and events space.

The car park itself will be reorganised. A couple more parking spaces, better disabled parking and more electric vehicle (EV) charging points will be added.

We would also be installing multiple water and electricity utility points.  This would allow the car park and newly widened bridge to transform into a community event space.  The plan is for this space to be used in a similar way to St.George’s Square in Huddersfield. Markets and events will take place throughout the year, to draw in more visitors and boost the local economy.

What’s coming next?

Cabinet approved these plans on 5 July.

Beyond this, the HTCAP should be the start of big, exciting developments for Holmfirth.

A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation will take place, and the consultation will inform upcoming improvements to the town centre’s roads and traffic flow.

Later this year, you’ll be able to have your say on more improvements to Holmfirth town centre through the Local Centres programme.  Keep an eye on our social channels for the opportunity to have your say.

Want to find out more?

You can find out more about this scheme on our webpage about the Holmfirth Town Centre Access Plan.

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Growth & Regeneration, says:

“Holmfirth is one of the most beautiful and bustling towns in Kirklees. It’s vitally important that we maintain and improve this town centre for locals and visitors alike.

“The extra parking places created by the scheme so close to the town centre should help the many and varied local businesses attract more customers, and help ensure that Holmfirth continues to be a vibrant and attractive place to visit.

“As well as improving access, we’ll also be creating a new, versatile events space. The space could be used to run events throughout the year, and draw in hundreds of new visitors from far and wide.

“We’re planning for the future with Holmfirth, as we are with town centres across Kirklees.  These improvements are about changing with the times and creating a town centre that works for everyone, and continues to help local businesses thrive.”

 

Councillor Eric Firth, Cabinet Member for Transport, says:

“If these multimillion-pound transformational plans are approved by Cabinet, it will make the town centre much more safe and accessible for both cars and pedestrians.

“We very much hope to see these plans granted by Cabinet, and are looking to the bright future of Holmfirth through this work and more to come.”