Hyde town centre Tameside Council Google Earth snapshot

The town hall and Clarendon Shopping Centre are the focus of the masterplan. Credit: Google Earth

Tameside advances Hyde transformation  

Bringing Hyde Town Hall back into use, redeveloping Clarendon Shopping Centre, and improving the town’s market all feature in the council’s vision. 

Hyde, like many other towns, has suffered a “decline of vitality and viability” due to declining footfall, a report to Tameside Council’s executive cabinet states. 

Hemingway Design and GL Hearn have drawn up a masterplan outlining a series of interventions aimed at revitalising the town by changing the retail-led environment to one underpinned by food and drink, leisure, and culture. 

A month-long consultation on the masterplan will be held at the end of May, following the local elections. 

The masterplan “will provide the catalyst that will get the town centre back to its former glory”, the document states. 

The proposals include the relocation of the existing market from Market Square to Market Place within a purpose-built facility as part of the redeveloped shopping centre, which was recently acquired by Martin Property Group. 

The current site of the market would become “a flexible, high-quality public realm environment suitable, for markets and events”, the masterplan states. 

In addition, the town hall could be re-purposed to be a “vibrant cultural hub” for Hyde, according to the plan. 

Proposals to pedestrianise key routes in the town centre, including Market Street, also feature in the masterplan. 

If approved following the consultation, the masterplan, aimed at guiding future development in Hyde, could be adopted later this year. 

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Cultural hub? So interesting!

By John

A lot of Hyde’s problems are down to the Council’s mismanagement and neglect. TMBC single-handedly ruined the market and committed an act of gross vandalism by abandoning the beautiful Library building.


Same as Droylsden. Council really have let it down. No master plan for the town. Just sell land off no thought. Other councils in greater Manchester are starting to do whole master plans for there towns. Tameside just look after ashton hyde and denton

By Anonymous

Government “efficiency measures” to create something called ‘Tameside’ and the earlier mass-migration of whole communities from inner-city Manchester were the socio-economic death of the PLACE once known as Hyde, Cheshire. Good to know that the Central Commissars for Place-Making now accept the wholesale community destruction they have commited. Or maybe not.

By James Yates

They killed Hyde when they killed the old market,it was a place to wander around and buy almost anything you need,it was where you met old friends , the council’s did the same with Stockport and Ashton , I also used to be a market trader,it is shameful we have lost our old traditional markets, take a leaf out of bury’s market,the market is the heart of a town,

By Anonymous

I dont know much about Hyde but he issue with Droylsden and Tameside is the precinct is privately owned. A CPO and would do well but costs money. The brutalist concord suite needed knocking down a long time ago. Private funding with new units funded by apartments above is probably the best answer as shown by Capital and Centric plans for stockport and bolton

By Anonymous

Fantastic news for Hyde, we need to think about our town centres in a different way and this is part of that. Tameside faces fairly unique challenges when it comes to town centre regeneration and that makes the visual benefits of investment not seen as extensive in Tameside than other areas.

A masterplan is a great way to get a forward thinking plan.

By Anonymous

Hyde Town Hall as a community hub. They could have started with the old Library.

By Colin

‘a flexible, high-quality public realm environment suitable, for markets and event’ – more concrete with a few planters thrown in? Better to spend any investment on reduced rents for businesses, bring some life back to the ghost town.

By Anon

What is meant by “viberant cultural hub” re the Town Hall

By Anonymous

I’ve lived in Hyde all my life, in my younger days the market and surrounding area was a very busy place to be but I’ve seen a massive decline in this once thriving market town. It’s an embarrassment to walk round the Hyde market nowadays. I’ve noticed Ashton will be going through further development.why as Hyde not had any money spent to rejuvinate the area and improve the shopping experience like it used to have.
The local council needs to generate money to get Hyde back on track otherwise we will always be the laughing stock of tameside.

By Anonymous

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