Kirklees Council’s transformational plans for Huddersfield’s open market hall on Northumberland Street have been given a major boost after a successful bid to support the £18m scheme.

The council was informed today that its Levelling Up Fund bid to government had been successful.

The council’s successful bid allows the regeneration of the market provision at the current Open Market site; restoring the Grade II* Listed structure and improving the surroundings. The new market’s offer will strengthen the evening and food economy and will provide a new focal point for the north of the town centre.

The Grade II* Listed building will be restored to provide a new indoor market offering street food, shared seating, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables, and other, general goods. The plan for the new outdoor market is to locate it next to Tesco with approximately 54 stalls and accompanying storage units.

A key part of the Huddersfield Blueprint, the project will create a vibrant and sustainable market in our modern and thriving town centre.

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Finance & Regeneration, says:

“This is great news for Huddersfield. The successful bid will kick start our plans to transform the open market hall and surrounding area and bring opportunities for the whole community.

“I want to thank all the MPs, businesses and local people who supported us, and the officers who have pulled these brilliant plans and exciting designs together.  The awarding of this Levelling Up Funding means we can protect the future of the Grade II* Listed market hall and bring a boost to local businesses in the surrounding area.

“We will keep working to bring investment to all parts of Kirklees and this great selection of ambitious plans will help us deliver the economic growth we all need.”