A £6m FUNDING package has been agreed for a major development in Huddersfield.
Yorkshire regional minister Rosie Winterton announced the extra cash for the ambitious Waterfront Quarter during an event focusing on the economic development in England’s regions.
The money – provided by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward – is in addition to £54m of funding from the Learning and Skills Council for Kirklees College, which plans to transfer to the site from its present campus at New North Road.
The £6m will help to deliver the first phase of development at the Waterfront Quarter, which plans to develop a triangle of land between Manchester Road, Chapel Hill and the river Colne to provide the college campus, top quality office space, homes, a hotel and leisure facilities.
The first phase of development will include acquiring the site – part of it currently occupied by Sellers Engineering – carrying out early development work and opening up a section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
The development of the brownfield site will also help Sellers move to new purpose-built premises and secure existing jobs at the company.
Kirklees College won outline planning permission two years ago for the campus.
Last week, members of Kirklees Council’s planning sub-committee approved the plan – despite heavily criticising the design.
Terry Hodgkinson, chairman of Yorkshire Forward, said: “Huddersfield Waterfront Quarter is a great example of how public sector partners can work together to kick start significant regeneration projects, especially in the current economic climate.
“This major scheme will secure a key town centre site for further development and ensure over 1,200 jobs are created or safeguarded in the area, contributing to its long term prosperity.”
Ms Winterton said: “I am delighted that Yorkshire Forward is supporting this major development in Huddersfield.
“This scheme not only provides a site for the new college but also provides future development land for an office quarter which does not currently exist in the town.
“The creation of the Waterfront Quarter will be a significant economic boost to the town centre and the surrounding area.”
The £6m boost was announced at the event, hosted by business secretary Lord Mandelson in London, to highlight funding plans for the English regions in a bid to regenerate run-down areas, foster enterprise and create jobs.