Ambitious plans to transform Huddersfield’s town centre using culture have taken the next steps towards realisation.
Kirklees Council is pressing ahead with £250 million proposals to regenerate six areas of central Huddersfield, built around a new £25 million “cultural heart” for the town.
The intended cultural quarter, in the Queensgate area, is being described as a catalyst for change and “the most iconic vision” within the wider redevelopment plans. It is hoped it will reinvigorate the town by increasing footfall and boosting its night-time economy.
Created around the existing Lawrence Batley Theatre, the cultural quarter will also include a new live music venue comprising studios and tuition spaces, a new cinema and an arts centre incorporating a library, art gallery, museum and archive.
Plans for the “Huddersfield Blueprint” were first unveiled last year, and will complete the most significant redevelopment of the town in half a century.
At a council meeting this week, cabinet members agreed to progress the blueprint plans to the next phase of approval, granting them supplementary planning document status.
This means the council can work with developers on more detailed plans around elements such as transport, sustainability and accessibility, as well as allow further funding applications to be submitted.
A consultation on the plans will now take place ahead of planned approval from the council’s cabinet in May.