Kirklees has sustainable economic growth and provides good employment for and with communities and businesses

We want a strong, resilient and productive economy, creating good jobs and decent incomes. The private sector will generate growth, but the public sector has a role in creating the right conditions for growth, attracting investment, and encouraging businesses to invest in their workforce and communities.

What we're aiming to achieve

  • More and better quality jobs in Kirklees.
  • Create the environment to enable major regeneration activity to support economic resilience and greater inward investment into the district.
  • People have access to an appealing cultural offer and vibrant town centres.

Priorities for action

1. Mobilise an accelerated delivery programme for the Cultural Heart

Action

Mobilise an accelerated delivery programme for the Cultural Heart.

Deliverable(s)

  • Develop and agree Strategic Outline Case (Gateway 1) clarifying all delivery arrangements and outline costs to assure accelerated delivery.
    Timescale: November 2021.
  • Develop and agree Outline Business Case (Gateway 2) including preparation of outline planning application and costed development proposal.
    Timescale: July 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Peter McBride


2. Undertake a masterplan exercise for the Station 2 Stadium Enterprise Corridor

Action

Undertake a masterplan exercise for the Station 2 Stadium Enterprise Corridor.

Deliverable(s)

  • Complete masterplan, highlighting opportunities for business expansion within a regenerated corridor.
    Timescale: March 2022.
  • Works commence on the University of Huddersfield health innovation campus
    Timescale: May 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Peter McBride


3. Approve business cases for the Dewsbury Town Plan

Action

Approve business cases for the Dewsbury Town Plan.

Deliverable(s)

  • Business cases for Dewsbury Town Plan approved by the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities ready for delivery.
    Timescale: June 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Eric Firth


4. Submit an innovative bid for Batley to the Levelling Up Fund

Action

Submit an innovative bid for Batley to the Levelling Up Fund.

Deliverable(s)

  • Levelling Up Fund Round 2 submission, making the most of partner contributions and delivering place-based investment.
    Timescale: 2022 (subject to central government announcement).

Portfolio holder

Councillor Eric Firth


5. Funding awards for Holmfirth and clear arrangements for remaining towns in South Kirklees

Action

Funding awards for Holmfirth and clear arrangements for remaining towns in South Kirklees.

Deliverable(s)

  • Identify and agree projects, based on engagement activity.
    Timescale: Summer 2022.
  • Undertake Place Standard engagement activities to inform investment priorities for Holmfirth, ensuring delivery meets community aspirations.
    Timescale: Summer 2022 to end of 2024.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Peter McBride


6. Approve inclusive investment proposals for Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton and Batley

Action

Approve inclusive investment proposals for Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton and Batley.

Deliverable(s)

  • Undertake Place Standard engagement activities in these town centres to inform priorities for investment, ensuring delivery meets community aspirations.
    Timescale: Engagement delivered by mid November 2021 and summary reports produced by end December 2021.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Eric Firth


7. Develop an Inclusive Procurement Strategy

Action

Develop an Inclusive Procurement Strategy to support our ambitions to grow the voluntary and community sector, mutuals and social enterprises and support community wealth building and social value for our citizens.

Deliverable(s)

  • Undertake a social value assessment of our procurements as part of the Inclusive Procurement Strategy.
    Timescale: March 2022.
  • Develop a first draft of an Inclusive Procurement Strategy.
    Timescale: January 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Paul Davies


8. Establish a strong and innovative destination marketing strategy and team for all of Kirklees.

Action

Establish a strong and innovative destination marketing strategy and team for all of Kirklees.

Deliverable(s)

  • Launch a new website and app for Creative Kirklees as phase one testing of destination marketing platforms.
    Timescale: December 2021.
  • Produce a Tourism Strategy to establish priorities for development and marketing of the Visitor Economy in Kirklees.
    Timescale: March 2022.
  • Plan the programme for the Year of Music 2023 and establish the tourism infrastructure required to ensure that this cultural initiative provides a quality visitor experience and increases Kirklees' profile globally.
    Timescale: June 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Will Simpson


9. Implement delivery arrangements for the whole West Yorkshire Transport Fund programme

Action

Implement delivery arrangements for the whole West Yorkshire Transport Fund programme.

Deliverable(s)

  • Deliver a rolling programme of West Yorkshire Transport Fund schemes over the next 10 years, with phased delivery of schemes.
    Timescale: 2021-2031.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Peter McBride


10. Resolve the council's strategic concerns on the Trans Pennine Upgrade

Action

Resolve the council's strategic concerns on the Trans Pennine Upgrade so our communities' needs are included in Network Rail's investment programme.

Deliverable(s)

  • Negotiate with Network Rail to resolve the majority of the council's concerns on the Trans Pennine Route Upgrade (TRU) Transport Works Act Order.
    Timescale: 2021.
  • TRU Transport Works Act Order granted and conditions/agreements in place during TRU construction to protect our communities' needs.
    Timescale: 2022-2027.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Eric Firth


Tracking our progress:

  • Disposable income per household (£)
  • Productivity per head (£) - Gross Value Added (GVA)

#HeartYourTown

The pandemic has been a difficult time for creative professionals, especially as many of them didn't qualify for financial support from the government. As part of our town centre recovery, we invested in 14 local artists to bring colour and creativity to our town centres. #HeartYourTown was initially a creative response to brighten up Huddersfield and Dewsbury and enhance public spaces to be enjoyed in a socially distant way, making visits less stressful and more pleasurable. In 2021, the project was extended across North Kirklees, where you can now find interesting and stimulating artworks on display in Mirfield, Heckmondwike and Batley. In addition to creating beautiful spaces for local people and visitors to enjoy, we are proud to support some of our talented artists and the wider Kirklees creative economy.

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