AN architect practice in Huddersfield has been recruited to argue Kirklees Council’s case against the extension of a town centre shopping complex.
One 17, which is based at Armitage Bridge, will provide expert consultancy services to the council’s planning department.
Among its tasks, it will act as urban design witness at a public inquiry in October into the council’s decision to refuse permission for a £50m extension to Huddersfield’s Kingsgate shopping centre. The inquiry, chaired by a government inspector, will get under way at the Galpharm Stadium on Tuesday, October 7.
Eight working days have been scheduled for the hearing, which will take evidence from experts called by Kingsgate owner WD Huddersfield and the council.
In addition, One 17 has been appointed external consultant on urban design for other major applications in the area.
Andy Rushby, of Kirklees planning department, said: “We have been looking to work more proactively and engage with local architectural practices for some time now and One17 stood out as the firm to work with on this occasion.”
Award-winning One 17 has been based in Huddersfield since 1960 and is known for its innovative design on new build, refurbishment and conversion schemes for a wide range of buildings, including houses, shops, offices and religious buildings.