It’s been described as “one of the most exciting economic development opportunities in Yorkshire” and now the public are being asked for their views.
Kirklees Council has a 20-year vision for what it calls the Station to Stadium Enterprise Corridor, which it wants to develop for business, hi-tech industry and health innovation.
The scheme relates to the area from Huddersfield Railway Station, along Northumberland Street and Leeds Road, to the John Smith’s Stadium.
A centrepiece will be the University of Huddersfield’s £250 million National Health Innovation Campus and a prime development site is the derelict former gasworks site near the stadium.
The council says the multi-billion rail investment from the TransPennine Route Upgrade (TRU) will make Huddersfield one of the best-connected places in the North of England.
Plans for the enterprise corridor are in their early stages but the public are invited to comment and make suggestions.
Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for finance and regeneration, said: “This level of long-term investment in our town centre is integral to the growth and development of Huddersfield and the whole of Kirklees.
“This is a huge step in our long-term project which is set to bring an abundance of new high-tech, highly-skilled jobs and businesses to our town centre and, in turn, boost the economy of Kirklees alongside the huge regeneration works of the Huddersfield Blueprint.
“Public opinion on this development is important to the success of the enterprise corridor and I would urge the public to be involved in this consultation process.”
The public consultation runs from November 8 to December 8 2023.
Members of the public can read the full enterprise corridor master plan and complete the survey on the council’s website HERE
Members of the public and local business owners can also discuss the plans in person. Council staff will be based at The Glass Box, 6 Friendly Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RD, on the following dates: November 22 (9.30am-11.30am); November 23 (2pm to 4pm); and November 28 (9.30am-11.30am).