Kirklees Council has submitted a funding bid to create a new and improved Huddersfield town centre market, with a bigger mix of sellers as well as a food a drink offer.

Taking another big step towards delivering its £250million Huddersfield Blueprint plans, Kirklees Council has submitted a bid to the Future High Street Fund to bring both town centre markets together.

The proposals would see Huddersfield’s Open Market transformed with significant works to improve the site, making it better suited to a bigger and wider mix of sellers, including a food and drink offer. It would see traders currently based in Queensgate Market move to the Open Market site.

The creation of a Huddersfield New Market would see the restoration of the existing Open Market Grade 2* building and the adjacent one storey stone building replaced with a  new two-storey building on the same footprint. A new outdoor market structure would also house 50 stalls, five additional standalone units with storage, a service yard and car park is also planned for the land on Brook Street.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is another great step forward for our Blueprint plans. Our markets and traders are crucial to the future of our town centres and they are a proud part of our past.

“In our Huddersfield Blueprint plans we said we wanted a new and improved market under one roof and that’s what we’re aiming to deliver through this funding bid.

“Bringing both markets together and adding restaurants, bars and cafes will give us something truly special that I believe will draw people into Huddersfield and will revitalise what will be known as our Creative Quarter.”

These plans are all subject to both planning permission and Cabinet approval.

For more information on the Huddersfield Blueprint, including artist impressions and a fly-through video visit