Ground work has begun on a new shopping complex for Halifax with buidings including a 220-year-old pub being demolished .
Plans for the £25m Pennine Shopping Centre were passed in 2012 and would feature a 500 space car park.
The Pump Room, on the junction of Church Street and New Road, Halifax, has been demolished making way for car parking and access to the new development.
The exisiting Pennine Shopping Centre would be demolished and re-built under plans by The Harris Partnership. The land is owned by The Royal London Property Fund.
The 123,000 sq ft re-development, which also includes land adjacent to the existing centre, would double the size of the existing retail space.
Michael Schorah, managing director of The Harris Partnership, based in Wakefield, said when the plans were submiited: “The key thing in planning terms is that the south of Halifax is becoming rather run down and, with this anchor, our principle entrance to the new retail development fronts out on the access route that goes to the Piece Hall and links to the Woolshop Shopping Centre, and the new leisure development – Broad Street Plaza – at the other side of town.
“The design is striking, utilising quality materials throughout and will be a welcome addition to the town centre. We are delighted to be playing such a key role in the regeneration of the town which is becoming a great retail destination.”
Colliers International, acting as planning agents, said new plans are in the process of being submitted due to the time expiry date of the original plans being passed.