THERE are signs the recession could be fading.
Work is well underway again on the halted Spindlegate development on Leeds Road, Huddersfield.
After plans for a hotel and business park were put on hold because of the state of the economy, it seems a recovery of sorts is on its way.
Builders were on site preparing the ground to the rear of the site, where the 104 room hotel is being built. Leeds-based GMI Property is leading the redevelopment of the former James Robinsons Chemicals site at Hillhouse.
The dyeworks were demolished back in November 2007 when councillors approved a planning application for a hotel, shops, offices and restaurants on the former Robinson’s site.
Work started in early 2008 but came to a halt for more than a year on the five-and-a-quarter acre site, which straddles both sides of the junction between Leeds Road and Hillhouse Lane.
As part of the planning application, GMI Property are building an eight-storey hotel with 104 rooms facing the Huddersfield Broad Canal.
There will also be shops on a small triangle of land south of Hillhouse Lane opposite the main site.
The future of other projects, including the £200m plan for Queensgate, the former Co-operative store and buildings on New Street, remain unclear.
The costly Queensgate plans have been scaled back with no date set for them to commence.
The freeze was blamed on the recession when it was announced last September.