Planned market square revitalisation unveiled

The centre of Shipley is set to undergo a transformation with a redevelopment of its market square.

A planning application for the project has been submitted, led by Bradford Council’s Landscape, Design and Conservation Team, which will revitalise the market square, under the Shipley Streets for People initiative.

This new design will create a contemporary and adaptable space, suitable for events and pop-up market stalls.

An all-weather canopy means the square will be able to host year-round events.

The existing permanent market stalls will be removed, with the regular Shipley markets taking place under the canopy and along the pedestrianised promenade.

Rain gardens – shallow planted areas which receive rain run-off – and seating areas have been strategically integrated, creating an inviting space for families and visitors to Shipley to spend time.

The redevelopment of the market square has been supported by £1m funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and £3m from the Government-funded Shipley Towns Fund.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning, and transport, said: “The Shipley Market Square improvement is an exciting and dynamic project.

“Removing the old market stalls will improve the look of the town centre but also make it feel safer and more welcoming, particularly at night.

“It’s a significant step towards creating a vibrant and adaptable town centre with a thriving market. These enhancements will elevate Shipley’s appeal as a great place to live, work, and visit.”

Adam Clerkin, chair of the Shipley Towns Fund Board, added: “The revitalisation of Shipley Market Square is not only a strategic investment in our community but also a boost for local businesses.

“By creating an inviting and adaptable space, we will increase foot traffic, support our retail sector, and help businesses to thrive.

“This transformation aligns with our commitment to economic growth and enhancing the overall well-being of our town.”

Subject to planning approval, tenders are expected to go out this month so work could start around early May. The project would be scheduled for completion by the end of the year.