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Kirklees Strategic Economic Zone (KSEZ)
Regeneration - March 2008
Home to three of the largest companies in the district, provider of over 8,000 jobs and an industrial heritage of
over 100 years, the Leeds Road corridor is an important hub of economic activity, which spans manufacturing,
warehousing, offices and retailing.
More than 90 hectares of mainly brownfield land are expected to become available for development over the next ten
years. This land, in a prime location close to a local workforce, presents a tremendous opportunity for significant
economic and employment activity which could generate over £100 million of investment and accommodate 5,000 jobs.
As part of our wider programme of work to regenerate Huddersfield, we are developing proposals to make sure this
potential growth is achieved, whilst also addressing transport issues, environmental quality and the area's
Our aim is to create a thriving economic area - a Strategic Economic Zone for Kirklees - whilst also making the
area safer, cleaner and more attractive.
We have considered a range of proposals, from minor improvements to a new dual carriageway through the Zone. The
approach explained on this page has been chosen as it will bring major investment to the area and secure
contributions from developers towards the cost of necessary transport improvements, which otherwise could not be
financed. Other approaches have been rejected for financial, economic and environmental reasons.
Our proposals are:
As traditional industries decline and move out of the area, new developers will be encouraged to reclaim land
for future industrial use, creating employment opportunities.
The corridor is one of the main approaches to the town. Landscaping and new signage will help to improve the
area's appearance and also create an attractive entry point to the town.
Air quality will be monitored and roadside emission testing will take place. New developers will also be
required to produce travel plans which encourage the use of alternatives to the car.
Our proposed transport improvements aim to aid travel to work by public transport, walking, cycling or by car
from across the district.
Connections to residential areas
Pedestrian, cycle and public transport links between the Leeds Road and nearby residential areas will be
improved to allow better access to job opportunities. Bus service 327 has already been re-routed to link
Sheepridge, Riddings and Brackenhall to Leeds Road.
Road traffic management
New technology will be introduced to help the effective running of the highway network. This will allow
measures such as priority for buses at signals, real time travel information to be provided and better traffic
management for Stadium events.
Developers who undertake schemes which cause a significant increase in traffic will be required to contribute
to the cost of traffic management measures. Details on developer contributions are outlined in the
Supplementary Planning Document, Negotiating Financial Contributions for Transport Improvements (Leeds Road,
- Negotiating Financial Contributions for Transport Improvements (Leeds Road, Huddersfield) (SPD1) (PDF 32kb)
Map of the Kirklees Strategic Economic Zone
This map shows the boundary of the Kirklees Strategic Economic Zone and highlights the sites of our proposed highway
Our proposed transport scheme
Feasibility work is on going for the Leeds, Colne Bridge, Bradley Road junction.
The development of the Leeds Road corridor has the potential to boost jobs, business and industrial investment in
the district. Our proposals aim to make sure this potential growth is achieved, whilst also improving transport
routes, environmental quality and the area's appearance.
You can download a copy of the summary leaflet: