Plans to transform Huddersfield town centre to a ‘cultural heart’ move forward

Game-changing £210million plans that could transform Huddersfield Town Centre into a vibrant cultural hub of leisure, arts and music are a stage closer after being given the go-ahead by Kirklees Council’s cabinet. As part of Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Blueprint regeneration vision for the town centre, details of the plans to transform the Queensgate and Piazza area into a unique “Cultural Heart” are progressing as planned with the stage one report being brought to cabinet this month. The proposals, approved yesterday will see the library and market buildings retained for new…

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Trust backs £25m Blackpool hotel plan ahead of committee hearing

The Blackpool Civic Trust has given its backing to a £25m plan to save one of the town’s landmark buildings and convert it into an upmarket hotel. On Tuesday a meeting of Blackpool’s planning committee will consider the proposal for the former 111-year-old post office in Abingdon Street. The old sorting office, with a frontage on Edward Street, is also part of the scheme. In June the developer, Cheshire-based Ashall Projects, submitted a planning application to create a 148-room hotel which will employ around 70 staff. A further 215 people…

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Multimillion-pound transformation of 1930s cinema completes

The £5m transformation of Lichfield’s 1930s Regal Cinema into an apartment development is complete. Homeowners have started moving into The Old Picture House in Tamworth Street, which comprises 36 one and two bedroom apartments. Birmingham-based developer Somerton Jones, working with Lodge Park Homes, has restored the building’s Art Deco style frontage and named each style of apartment after a 1930s cinema star. To mark the completion, Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant took a tour of the development with Somerton Jones director Warren Jones. Fabricant said: “I’m really impressed by this transformation…

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