The Pennine Shopping Centre of the future?

How shops would look
How shops would look

THE public have been given an early view of proposals for the Pennine Shopping Centre and adjoining land in Halifax.

An exhibition at Halifax Central Library showed how the Horton Street area, pictured, could be developed.

The Pennine Centre is home to Argos and B&M Bargains, which would be lost to development along with the Pump Room pub and Halford’s auto centre.

Developers Royal London Asset Management are hoping to submit a planning application within weeks and work could start next year when leases expire. A 500-space car park is included in the 90,000 sq ft scheme, along with paths to Halifax Piece Hall and the town centre.

Planning consultants Colliers International believe development would balance work currently under way at Broad Street to boost leisure and entertainment attractions.

Architect Oliver Clark, of The Harris Partnership, said the design fitted its surroundings.

The Horton Street area has a colonnade design to match the Piece Hall, the bottom of New Road gives a rounded view, and the corner of Horton Street/Union Street a more modern design.

“It’s not one complete element but is broken down on site,” he said.

Ken and Pam Northcott, of Skircoat Green, Halifax, and members of Halifax Civic Trust liked what they saw.

“I am pleased something is happening. The area has been looking a bit tired,” said Mr Northcott.

“And it’s pleasing to see how much development there is with Broad Street and now this.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with Northgate.”

Halifax Model Railway Club is based at premises in Deal Street, which will remain.

Member Paul Denton said the club would be asking for assurances over access, parking and potential flooding problems.

“But the scheme looks okay,” he said.

It is anticipated the site would be occupied by one large retailer or split into two or three units.