A £1M PLAN to create a music and arts centre for Huddersfield youngsters has been approved by Kirklees Council.
The centre - which will incorporate Kirklees Music School - will be at the former Huddersfield Christian Fellowship building in Northumberland Street.
The Fellowship, which also has premises on St John's Road, is moving to a purpose- built church, bookshop, coffee shop and offices on St Thomas's Road at Folly Hall.
Kirklees Music School has already moved to the Northumberland Street site, bringing an end to its search for a permanent home.
The school, which has 4,000 pupils, offers instrumental classes, music technology classes, a rock school, DJ sessions, plus ensembles, orchestras and choirs.
These will take place at the Northumberland Street site, but peripatetic teachers also carry out music lessons in schools around Kirklees.
Kirklees Music School takes pupils aged from 18 months to retired people, including those with special needs.
It will form a major part of the new centre, which will offer musical theatre, community music services, cultural events, drama activities, music technology lessons and school holiday clubs.
Clr John Smithson, Kirklees Cabinet member responsible for regeneration, said: "This an ambitious and exciting scheme.
"It will provide opportunities and services far beyond the traditional music school activities."
He said he hoped the new activities at the site would encourage more children to explore the arts.
He added: "By expanding the range of activities we want to draw in many more young people to realise their potential."
Kirklees Music School was formed in 1992 as a charitable trust and limited company.
It was created because the Kirklees Council-funded music tuition service was experiencing cash problems.
Forming the music school meant parents could be charged fees for their children's lessons, easing the cash burden on the council.
The school was originally based above the Co-op building in New Street, but had to leave four years ago when it was redeveloped. This sparked a period of nomadic existence for the school as it searched for permanent premises.
It planned to lease a building in Old Leeds Road, behind Huddersfield Sports Centre, but it was found to be unsuitable.
The school then moved its operations to Salendine Nook High School, before finally striking a deal with the Huddersfield Christian Fellowship.