Bramsche Square lies between three fine heritage buildings, Todmorden Market, Central Methodist Church and Grade I listed Todmorden Town Hall.
The Public Places project is a major investment that will build on the popularity of the existing markets, hospitality and retail offer to shape a town centre that will be more attractive and accessible for both residents and visitors, boosting the local economy and providing spaces for a broad range of arts and cultural experiences and events.
The project aim is to create a vibrant and green town square in the centre of Todmorden that supports a thriving local economy and cultural sector, encourages more visitors to the town and promotes walking and cycling over the use of private vehicles.
This will be realised by:
- Creating a flexible town square capable of supporting a range of events
- Removing some parking in Bramsche Square to create a new town square and improving the pedestrian experience in the centre of Todmorden
- Improving access to and the visibility of the current Market Hall
- Improving the experience of the outdoor market by improving access and services (including electrical supply, water and drainage) and catering to a broad range of potential traders
- Exploring opportunities for renewable power generation for the market
- Increased green space and planting
- Reducing opportunities for and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour
- Reducing the impact of flooding.
What It Will Achieve
We’re creating opportunities for Todmorden’s local economy to grow. These changes will encourage new investment, greater footfall and more trade.
We’re creating a flexible public space to host Todmorden’s wide variety of festivals, events and activities. This will encourage more people to visit and spend time in Todmorden town centre.
We’re improving urban drainage around Bramsche Square to help prevent flooding
We’re upgrading the outdoor market’s facilities which will help it to continue and thrive. We’re also exploring renewable energy opportunities.
Progress So Far
In early 2024, Calderdale Council and their design consultants Planit conducted a number of workshops and consultation events with a selection of stakeholders, including civic leaders, community groups, and market traders.
On Saturday 2nd March they held an Open Day at Tod Learning Centre & Community College to present some initial ideas on ‘Panels’, which you will see in the images below.
They have also included an Online Questionnaire for you to share your thoughts & feedback on this and the Active Todmorden project…
Please note: As these are large images, with text on, you will be able to view them better on a larger-screen computer or tablet. On a computer, if you hover over the image, arrows will appear (halfway down) for you to navigate between the 17 panels.
The Next Steps
Delivery will include the steps below. The timeline is a guide only at this stage, and subject to change.
- Consultation will continue throughout the development of the design through most of 2024
- Construction start in Spring 2025
- Construction finishes Spring 2026.
Towns Fund Alignment
✓ Urban regeneration, planning & land-use
✓ Arts, culture & heritage
✓ Enterprise Infrastructure
✓ Covid-19 recovery plan
✓ Clean growth
✓ National Planning Policy Framework
✓ Planning Practice Guidance
✓ Our Green Future
✓ Leeds City Region Destination Plan
✓ Calderdale Submission Draft Local Plan
✓ Calderdale Visitor Economy Strategy
✓ Draft Todmorden Neighbourhood Plan
Town Deal Funding will:
- Change perceptions by residents, businesses & visitors
- Encourage trips by foot and bicycle
- Improve wheelchair access
- Bring more visitors to town centre events
- Improve biodiversity and rainwater management