Holmfirth, the beating heart of the community, stands on the brink of a remarkable transformation. Kirklees Council has listened to the voices of residents, businesses, and local groups, and has formally embraced the Holmfirth Blueprint – a comprehensive plan aimed at revitalising Holmfirth Town Centre.
A Kirklees Council spokesperson said; “The Holmfirth Blueprint isn’t just about drawing in more visitors; it’s about creating an attractive community where residents can thrive, and businesses can flourish. We’ve worked closely with local organisations, businesses, and the residents, to craft a blueprint that paints a vivid picture of Holmfirth’s future.
“The foundation of this plan was laid through the Place Standard work in 2021, but it truly took shape during the public consultation in late 2022. We’ve been engaged with you throughout this journey, with workshops and discussions with local stakeholders.”
The Holmfirth Blueprint is founded on five key elements that will reshape the town centre:
Restore the River Holme to the heart of the town centre: The picturesque River Holme will take centre stage with improved access closer to the water’s edge, offering breathtaking views. This project has already garnered significant support from our Holmfirth community.
Repurpose spaces: The Council is exploring opportunities to repurpose underutilised spaces to inject more variety and vibrancy into the town centre.
Market Hall demolition: The disused market hall will make way for a multifunctional outdoor space and a widened bridge. This will not only enhance parking options, including space for cyclists and electric vehicle charging but also provide room for outdoor markets and events that will boost our local economy.
Improve streets: To ensure everyone can enjoy the town centre, the Council is planning street improvements that create more space for pedestrians and cyclists. This initiative will also improve traffic flow, making it easier to travel to and from Holmfirth.
Celebrate heritage and culture: The town’s rich heritage and culture will be showcased through various projects and developments in the town centre. Expect public realm improvements, upgraded pathways, and new play equipment in places like Sands Recreational Grounds and Victoria Park, making Holmfirth more family-friendly.
Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Finance & Regeneration, shares his excitement; “It’s fantastic to see the Holmfirth Blueprint being adopted. Holmfirth is one of our most bustling beauty spots, and we want to capitalize on what’s already there while creating a town centre that will stand the test of time. We’ve worked hard to ensure our plans align with the needs of Holmfirth’s residents, workers, and regular visitors. We’re not just enhancing the town’s appeal to visitors; we’re also solidifying Holmfirth as a place where people can put down roots and become part of a great community. This plan celebrates our past while shaping a promising future. I can’t wait to see this vision come to life.”