Elland Future High Streets

Key details

Plans to improve Elland town centre with funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

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Current status

Concept (Completed)
Development (In Progress)
Construction (Pending)
Evaluation (Pending)

Plans

The vision for Elland high street

Elland has some of the most unique heritage assets within the Yorkshire region. However, the changes in how people use their high street have reduced footfall in some parts of the town and the wealth of heritage buildings not fully used is very concerning. Our plan aims to bring those spaces back into use by encouraging more diverse use and enabling viable opportunities for new businesses and homes, generating new footfall and occupation.

Funding has been confirmed to develop connectivity through the town linking venues and assets in a fun way including creating new event spaces and improved public realm, working with the cultural heritage of the place for developing new talent for the future economy, and widening the opportunities to have more people living in the centre.

To ensure that the role investment plays in its next stage of evolution will emancipate the future potential of Elland, our vision for Elland High Street is as follows:

Iconography of the high street

Interventions that enhance access to the range of good quality independent traders and strengthen this with new entrepreneurial, retail, culture, leisure and social opportunities.

Living streets 

By pedestrianising the core Southgate area and making improvements to the public realm, we can improve navigation into the high street, increase feelings of public safety and provide places to linger and with things to see and do in the heart of the town.  

Distillation of place

By developing places that respond to their commercial context we will help re-purpose vacant units, making them fit for purpose and attractive for new homes and businesses.

Harmonious connectivity

Through reconfiguring road layouts, reducing the width of carriageways and introducing new and widened pavements, access into the high street as a destination will be enhanced.

Benefits

  • Investment in physical infrastructure. 
  • Acquisition and assembly of land including to support new housing, work spaces and public realm. 
  • Improvements to transport access, traffic flow and circulation in the area. 
  • Supporting change of use including (where appropriate) housing delivery.
  • Supporting adaptation of the high street in response to changing technology.

Design

The Elland Future High Streets Fund is made of five parts:

Heart of the High Street

In Southgate we are going to pedestrianise the main shopping street using local stone flags, anti-skid surface treatments and cobbles. We will introduce soft landscaping and street trees. We will highlight key locations with feature patterned paving heritage trail plaques.

Illustration changes proposed for Southgate

Elland nodes

We will be introducing a new market square, this will include local stone flags and anchor points for the Elland Charter Market and enhancing the Victoria Gardens into a communal gardens. We will also be looking to introduce traffic restrictions on the lower part of Elizabeth Street adjacent to Victoria Gardens.

Southgate Square

The Square will be paved in local stone flags and cobbles with feature patterning. We will introduce soft landscaping, street trees and a natural play area introduced as part of the sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) strategy. 

Illustration of changes proposed for Southgate Square

Shop front improvements

We have recently secured funding from Historic England to undertake a Conservation Area Management Plan for Elland and this will further help us to bid for monies to enhance the historic features of the shops on the high street, to ensure we maintain the integrity of the place.

Illustration of proposed changes to shop fronts with outdoor seating

Cartwheel Club

We’re working with the Cartwheel Club to upgrade the building with new facilities, creating a new community hub in the heart of Elland.

3D visualisation of upgrades to the Cartwheel Club building
 

Progress

February 2022

The project is now in the development stage.

We have appointed consultants Turner & Townsend to deliver the project. Next steps for the project include:

  • ground investigation surveys 
  • release of the tender for construction

We have updated the Plans section of this page with project details and up-to-date visualisations.

 

May 2021

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government confirm funding for the project.

Read the government announcement: More high streets set for funding boost as reopening accelerates

Read the news: Multi-million pound boost for Elland and Halifax 

July 2020

The Full Business Case (FBC) was submitted. We hope to hear whether we have been successful in our bid in December 2020.

May 2020

We undertook a consultation exercise in May 2020 and the feedback from this was used to produce a Full Business Case (FBC).

Conclusions

The most popular responses from the survey results are as follows:

Best strengths of Elland:

  • Shops and businesses
  • Accessibility

Weaknesses of Elland:

  • Poor retail offering / lack of quality / no banks
  • Derelict and empty buildings
  • Declining footfall
  • Anti-social behaviour

Biggest challenges for Elland:

  • Attracting people to come to Elland
  • Empty shops / poor visual impact
  • Lack of support for small businesses trying to set up in
  • Elland
  • Anti-social behaviour

Features that members of the public wanted to encourage

  • Event spaces
  • Trees and planting

Type of housing most needed

  • Old buildings converted into apartments
  • Homes for first time buyers

Priority of the projects in the scheme

  • Pedestrianising Southgate
  • Restoring and upgrading shop fronts
  • Market and multi purpose space adjacent to the Town Hall

Design features for a safer high street

  • Link lighting design and CCTV (security cameras)
  • Well lit walking and cycle routes

Key economic benefits of the High Street proposal most important to the public

  • Shopping and retail offer
  • Economic investment to the area

Overview

Overall, the proposals have received a positive response. Many members of the public and stakeholders have expressed their excitement at the design and a much needed investment for the town.

Key themes that occur throughout this consultation process include:

  • How to get people to visit and come to Elland
  • The lack of shops and entertainment facilities
  • Anti-social behaviour

Numerous members of the public expressed knowledge of surrounding towns where they felt Elland could work in a similar way. These included Hebden Bridge, West Vale, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse.

There was also requests to see Elland hold more events. These included artisan markets, continental markets, food & drink festivals, music events, cafés/bars/cultural feel. There was even the suggestion that the Town Hall could be a great music venue!

It is clear from the survey the local people of Elland want to live in a town they can be proud of and many can see the potential it has from making the most of its history and heritage features to providing entertainment spaces and venues.

Elland has the potential to be a great place to live and to visit.

March 2019

Submission of an 'expression of interest' was made in March 2019 and we were notified that we were successful in getting short-listed.

Supporting Documents

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