Hopwood Lane gateway - ambitious scheme revealed

Yorkshire Forward has stepped in to help move the Hopwood Lane gateway higher up the Renaissance agenda.

The main target for attention is the group of eyesore buildings in that area of town.

It is more important to act quickly here because of the success of the Elsie Whiteley centre.

That is sure to attract visitors and those buildings give a bad impression, though some are listed and date from the 17th century.

The idea of repairing the group of dilapidated buildings is part of the overall Renainssance theme of connecting areas of Halifax and Hopwood Lane/King Cross Street is a vital link.

But the scheme is more than just a spruce-up for the area. It is hoped it will be a high quality development and will take in an ambitious area which will involve new building as protecting the historic parts.

Agreement has still to be reached with the various owners, according to the renaissance team's Yorkshire Forward partner Graham Halliday.

He told a meeting: "We need to find out businesses' and residents' aspirations for the site. Then we can put together a package of measures to bring about the necessary improvements.

"I would like to think we will have all the consultation and new building work completed by 2010 at the latest," said Graham.

A key partner in the work will be the Heritage Works Buildings Preservation Trust.

Director Kate Dickson said it was the first project the trust had undertaken outside Manchester.

As well as providing specialist advice, the trust will also help to attract funding for the work.