A 21st Century Market for Dewsbury
High streets have been in decline in recent years, in Dewsbury this has led to an increase in vacant units on the market. Dewsbury Market has been the economic heart of the town centre for centuries and we want to see it remain that way. That is why developing a new market for Dewsbury is a key component of our ambitious Dewsbury Blueprint.
The time for change is here, to bring a new lease of life to Dewsbury's famous market for residents, visitors and traders, helping businesses and the town centre to flourish. To create markets that will last, we need to go 'back to the future' by designing vibrant social spaces where people want to work, shop, eat, drink and play.
Vision for Kirklees Markets
"Kirklees Markets are family friendly social spaces which offer unique, personal, ethical shopping experiences alongside opportunities to test ideas, eat, learn and be entertained".
Market customers are at the heart of making the future of Dewsbury Market a success, ensuring they receive an excellent experience in flexible spaces, by:
- Being vibrant, welcoming and inclusive.
- Ensuring customers receive the best possible service.
- Following ethical, transparent practice.
- Offering quality and value for money.
- Creating social spaces for meeting, eating, drinking and being entertained.
This project was first identified within proposals for the Dewsbury Strategic Development Framework (2010) and has since been incorporated into the Dewsbury Blueprint.
In March 2021, Kirklees Council Cabinet approved the significant investment of £8.3M for both the new market regeneration project and to allow Dewsbury market traders to move to a temporary on-street market. A further £6.6M of funds have been granted in June 2021 as part of wider Dewsbury Town Improvement Plan through the Government's Towns Fund to support the development of the project.
Dewsbury Market Stage 2 plans
If you are visually impaired and require additional support regarding the proposed Dewsbury Market layout plans, please contact
- 123 surveys were completed.
- Around two thirds of respondents were aware of the Dewsbury Market plans for re-development.
- Most respondents (72%) think the overall designs for the Dewsbury market are okay or excellent.
- The majority (85%) of people said they might or would definitely visit the market once proposals were complete.
- The top three main reasons people had for visiting the new Dewsbury Market were shopping, browsing, and eating and drinking.
- Half of responses stated that the market would meet their needs with a third saying they were not sure and 16% saying they would not.
- The top 3 events that people would attend at the market are pop-up markets, entertainment, and family events.
- Over half (58%) said that they were aware of the temporary Dewsbury market location.
- Over half (59%) said that they were either likely or very likely to visit the temporary market with 21% saying they were not sure and 20% saying they don't think or won't.
- People want a revival of previous buzz of market days and bringing the heart back to Dewsbury town centre.
- People approve of the outdoor and indoor spaces being separate.
- People said it would be great to have more places for people to socialise in Dewsbury town centre.
- Suggestions for improvements included ensuring there was more variety of stalls offered, along with improved quality.
- Several respondents also mentioned increasing security presence to make the market feel like a safe and inviting place to visit.
- Ensuring the market retains its heritage and cultural identity was also discussed by a few people, ensuring Dewsbury market retains its overall identity.
The findings from the survey have been fed into the Dewsbury Market project team and to BDP the design consultants to inform the next stage of designs. The key themes that have emerged from the public survey are reassuring in that they reflect the plans and approach for developing Dewsbury Market. Safety and security is a key consideration and is being built into the overall plans.