A SCHEME to bring investment and jobs to parts of Kirklees gets under way this week.
Over 100 would-be investors with the potential to boost jobs, development and investment in Dewsbury, Batley, Cleckheaton and other parts of north Kirklees will meet at the Gomersal Park Hotel.
They will be discussing the potential for the area’s regeneration and development at the launch of a new framework for north Kirklees.
The framework – developed by Kirklees council in partnership with consultants GVA Grimley Ltd – pinpoints the area as a diverse and distinct place to live and a competitive place in which to do business.
Clr Robert Light, leader of Kirklees council, said: “We have a strong vision for the future of Dewsbury, Batley, Cleckheaton and other parts of the area, which we look forward to sharing with developers and investors who are already interested in what we have to offer.
“The council has made a strong commitment to invest in this part of Kirklees, which links planning for housing, business accommodation, transport, energy and sustainability across all the towns.”
Delegates at the event, on Friday, February 22, will hear how the visions for each of the towns fit in with each other and provide a structure in which both the private and the public sector can invest.
This work is linked with a package of regeneration projects that are in the planning stages, and building on the recent announcement by Clr Light that £20m is to be invested in the area.
To kick-start the regeneration work and demonstrate its commitment to north Kirklees, the council held a free outdoor show Flames and Fountains last Wednesday in Dewsbury.
The event attracted crowds of nearly 8,000 – four times the numbers that were expected to attend.
The event was a huge success, not only as a great way to bring people together but also to attract them back into the centre and enjoy being in their town.
Clr Light added: “Flames and Fountains was a fantastic demonstration of great things happening in north Kirklees. By sharing our framework with investors and developers we are able to get their support for the future.
This is a tremendous opportunity for the private sector to work with us in a long term partnership in what will be one of the region’s largest regeneration initiatives.”