Project update

The Holmfirth Town Centre Access Plan is a £3.9 million project which will see improvements throughout the town centre. The plan includes the demolition of the former market hall building and extension of the adjacent Huddersfield Road car park. This part of the scheme requires planning permission. The planning application has now been submitted for the creation of the new multi-use Huddersfield Road car park and event space.

Kirklees Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), is developing the scheme to:

  • Create a more attractive environment for residents, businesses, and visitors
  • Improve efficiency and journey time reliability for all road users
  • Ease traffic congestion
  • Create better access for residents, businesses and visitors.

The changes to the market hall and Huddersfield Road car park include:

  • Demolition of the market hall building to increase car parking spaces from 24 to 26. The disabled bays will be moved to a location with better access
  • All new parking spaces will be larger for ease of use
  • The new car park will be able to host events and markets thanks to the inclusion of multiple water and electricity points
  • There are plans for three new footways between Huddersfield Road and Hollowgate to improve movement through the town
  • There will be two electric vehicle charging points
  • The bridge over the River Holme will be replaced with a wider deck providing improved views of the river and opportunities for additional event space, cycle parking and seating
  • The lower section of the new car park will house eight 1100 litre bins to improve the access and appearance of Hollowgate

The planning application is now open to view and can be found on our Search for planning applications page. You will find it under the planning reference 2021/62/92946/W. The application is open for public comments until 31 August 2021 and the anticipated decision date is 15 September 2021.

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