Town Hall Square Improvement

Town Hall Square Improvement

Town Hall Square Improvement Concept visual northerly aspect

Hambleton District Council has the opportunity to improve the existing space between the Town Hall and Zetland Street. In line with supporting the future vision for Northallerton High Street as a social, leisure and enterprise hub, building on its role as a traditional shopping and service centre. The Council is considering areas of opportunity for high quality development to maximise the use, attractiveness and appeal of the town centre.

The proposed improvements look to extend and refresh the existing space, opening up an area in the heart of the town for events, business and commercial opportunities.

The new space will create a safe and attractive public space for people to enjoy providing flexibility for use; the opportunity for increased footfall and dwell time to benefit local businesses in and around the High Street.

This will build on the recent improvements to Zetland Street and Central Arcade.

Town Hall Square Improvement Concept visual southerly aspect

Improvements to the High Street

Public realm improvements on Zetland Street and Central Arcade funded through the York and North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership are progressing; these works make a notable difference to connectivity and access between Treadmills and the High Street, providing a high quality pedestrian environment for users to enjoy and encouraging movement around the town.

Hambleton District Council have the opportunity to extend these materials into other key areas of the High Street such as several selected ginnels and the Town Hall square. The Council is working in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council to develop detailed designs for the new public space and maximise the use of the available funding.

The proposal

The proposed works will involve:

  • The creation of a larger market square with the removal of parking
  • Improved setting of the Market Cross
  • Introduction of trees and additional planting to introduce a greener feel to the town centre
  • Improved heritage style seating and lighting
  • New high quality paving from the town hall to meet Zetland Street and the area opposite the market cross outside Barkers

These improvements have been designed to complement and enhance Northallerton’s Historic Market town charm and create a High Street both residents and local businesses can be proud of.

Although the scheme will involve the loss of 12 car parking spaces including 1 disabled space alternative provision of the disabled space will be made on the High Street and a further 110 car parking spaces will be available at Treadmills in addition to current parking at the Applegarth, Crosby Road and the Forum.

All existing parking spaces directly off the High Street will be retained in the current direction.

View the plans

We are currently in the design stage and would like to engage with you on these proposals. View the proposed plans and concept sketches here:

When will work start?

Hambleton District Council is currently working with its designers to develop detailed plans. These will be tendered following which a suitable contractor will be appointed. Our ambition is to move the scheme forward quickly. We will be engaging with key stakeholders and will be keeping them informed as the scheme progresses.

Have your say

To keep both our staff and members of the public safe and lower the risk of Covid-19 in Northallerton we have chosen not to hold a face to face engagement event.

Instead we would encourage you submit your comments to us online by Friday 11 September here:Tell us what you think here ยป

How does this fit with other projects happening in Northallerton?

It’s an exciting time for Northallerton at the moment with a number of ambitious projects already underway such as: The Treadmills development which will provide a combination of leisure, retail, education and work space and will embrace modern technologies by providing an innovative digital hub for the town in the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4Di) with new opportunities for business.

High Streets Heritage Action Zone Programme – with £386,480 secured from Historic England to deliver an interactive history trail, shop front improvement grants and feasibility into the potential for above the shop living on Northallerton High Street. The submission of a bid for £8.8 million from the Future High Street Fund to move the town beyond its reliance on the existing retail trade, by creating a quality high street with more diverse cultural, leisure, economic and residential opportunities.

There is a vibrant and bright future ahead for Northallerton and the town square improvement project will form an important part of it.