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Halifax Development Board

Find out what this Board does and who they are.

This brings together representatives from Calderdale Council, local business and the voluntary and community sector. They work together to promote and support investment for the development of Halifax and surrounding areas. This is in line with the aims and objectives of related government and externally funded programmes and project initiatives.

What the Board works to do

  • Make sure that Halifax Town Centre and the surrounding areas are attractive places to live, visit and work.
  • Maximise the investment opportunities in Halifax for sustainable development.
  • Revitalise the built environment in Halifax.
  • Link with Calderdale Council's Local Plan and any Local Neighbourhood Plans. This includes consideration of town centre traffic management issues.
  • Feed into the development of Halifax Town Centre Masterplan, The Next Chapter and Halifax Business Improvement District (BID).
  • Involve and engage local community groups, businesses and people in the work of the Board.

Regeneration in Halifax

The council has led and invested historically innovative regeneration developments within Halifax. This includes:

  • The Piece Hall.
  • The new library.
  • Beech Hill Housing development.
  • The reimaging of the Northgate House to create a 6th Form Academy with both retail and high quality offices.

Halifax successfully bid for the Government's Future High Streets Fund. This aims to renew and reshape town centres in a way that drives growth, improves experience and ensures future sustainability.

The funding plan for Halifax town centre focuses on:

  • Improved access for visitors
  • Create more welcoming spaces
  • Moving visitors and shoppers around the town to areas which have not benefitted from previous investment.

Funding for this project was secured from the Future High Streets Fund in May 2021.

Key investments include:

Borough Market

We will refurbish and modernise the stunning Victorian market. Works will allow areas of the market to be used as an events space outside market trading hours. This includes enhancing the pop-up units in Albany Arcade, refurbishing the market toilet facilities and adding extra security features.

Find out more information about this project: Halifax Borough Market project page.

Victoria Theatre

We are improving accessibility to this beautiful venue. We are making it easier to get into the theatre and creating a new food and beverage offer. This will generate greater daytime use and open the theatre to different customers who perhaps have not visited before.

Find out more information about this project: Victoria Theatre project page.


We are planning to make Old Cock Yard and Cheapside, two historically significant medieval alleyways, more attractive places to visit. We will be rejuvenating the public realm, addressing safety concerns and improving the lighting.

George Square

We want to make George Square and George Street more welcoming. We will add greener spaces for people of all ages to spend time. These works will create a destination new public square where people can meet, socialise and relax. This will encourage more visitors to the top of the town. This setting will allow businesses around the Square to spill out and use the space. To extend their offer beyond current boundaries.

The Halifax Trail

Creating a playful, interesting trail stretching across the town centre. The trail provides a physical and conceptual link between the diverse communities of Halifax. it will join numerous town centre and heritage destinations.

Northgate House commercial units

Supporting the refurbishment of Northgate House, making former Council offices into a destination for retail, leisure and work in Halifax.

Westgate phase 2 and Palatine Chambers

Supporting a local developer to bring derelict land and buildings back into use. This scheme will provide high quality spaces for local business. The work will create a high quality public realm that complements phase 1 of Westgate. It will provide visual links with Borough Market and the Piece Hall.

Meeting Dates


  • 2nd July.
  • 3rd September.
  • 12th November.


Terms of reference

These are set out for the Board. It details the aims, purpose, objectives, methods of working and roles and responsibilities of the member.

For more details, please see:

Board members

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