£100m in Levelling Up Funding to benefit regeneration projects across district

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet has formally accepted funding totalling more than £100m for a range of regeneration projects.

The funding allocation includes:

  • More than £16.5m for Huddersfield Market
  • Nearly £48m for major improvements to the Penistone railway line
  • A further £20m towards the Dewsbury Blueprint
  • An initial £17m towards development of the West Yorkshire Life Sciences Investment Zone

Councillor Graham Turner, cabinet member for finance & regeneration, said: “I’m overjoyed with these proposals, because combined they mean more than £100m of investment in the future of Kirklees.

“We’re talking about a huge range of projects here – large-scale building redevelopments, improvements to public transport infrastructure and investment in local industries. Areas benefiting from this investment stretch right across Kirklees.

“With all the issues faced by local authorities in today’s economic climate, funding injections like this are crucial to keep us moving forward.

“We’re continuing to put all we can into developing our town centres, with a similarly wide-ranging and location-specific approach to our investment.

“This is all about the bigger picture, and about looking past these current difficulties to the future we want for Kirklees – we want to be creating springboards for our local economy, which will mean we’re not just surviving but thriving in years to come.

“I see this investment as a massive vote of confidence from the Government in Kirklees’ potential for the future.”