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The New Street Development

Enhanced public spaces

The council’s interventions around the redevelopment of public space, improvements to infrastructure, and better links to the town centre as well as creation spaces that support existing public spaces are all at the forefront of The Huddersfield Blueprint Ambition.

The New Street Development

News street has seen a lot of change through the years, from trams and trolly buses to cinemas, nightclubs, and retail businesses, many of which are no longer there. Back in the 1960s, the Curzon cinema was in the vicinity of where Primark is now situated. New Street was the main thoroughfare through the town centre.

The journey so far …

We want to make our town centre more than just a place to shop, and New Street, being the town’s main shopping street, is high on our list to revitalise for shoppers, visitors, and businesses alike.

New Street will incorporate space for pop-up markets and small events and be designed to allow for more outdoor dining and café seating areas.

The aim is to fill New Street with vibrant sights, sounds and smells, bringing new energy to the town centre.

These improvements should boost both Huddersfield’s daytime and night-time economies by increasing footfall, supporting local businesses, and encouraging more investment into the town.

There will also be unique features such as the sculptural vertical planters and an original poem for Huddersfield integrated into the street, written by poet laureate and Huddersfield local, Simon Armitage.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Green areas with planting and integrated seating, and other street furniture.
  • Creative lighting to provide a vibrant and welcoming environment.
  • Space for tables and chairs to create on-street café areas.
  • New paved surfaces to promote accessibility for everyone.
  • Bespoke features and artwork to help create a fun, playful environment.

If you missed it the first time, take a look at our fly-through which will give you a virtual tour of our plans.

We went out to public consultation in 2019 to get your feedback on our plans, we have been using this feedback to finalise our plans and are now putting a timetable together to begin implementing these designs.

We’re planning on completing the work in seven phases and will work on each phase one at a time to mitigate disruption to businesses and visitors.

With the hopes to start phase one work in autumn 2022.

Watch this space for more updates. You can contact us via email: landscape.streetscene@kirklees.gov.uk