Hyde masterplan, Tameside Council, p council documents

The Hyde town centre masterplan divides the town into four areas: Wester Residential, Northern Development Zone, Town Centre Core, and Southern Residential. Credit: via council documents

Tameside approves Hyde masterplan

Hemingway Design and WSP’s 20-year proposal for the revamp of the town has been given the green light by the council’s executive cabinet.

Hyde town centre is part of the Hyde Triangle – a Greater Manchester Growth Location that includes Hattersley and Godley Green. Under the now-approved “Let’s Talk About Hyde” masterplan, the town centre is due for a mini makeover with new public realm proposed, old buildings to be repurposed, and two areas outlined for new homes.

The purpose of the plan is to drive more footfall and increase the amount of time people spend in the town centre. To that end, the Town Hall is set to become a community and culture hub – a move that is inspired by Stretford Public Hall.

Tameside Council will also work alongside Clarendon Shopping Centre’s owner to help redevelop the retail facility. The town’s market will relocate from Market Square to Market Place, opening up a more flexible use for the public square.

Reimagined Market Square in Hyde, Tameside Council, p council documents

The reimagined Market Square in Hyde will no longer have the permanent market stalls. Credit: via council documents

Hyde Library, which is on the market, is also listed as a residential development site. The closing date for offers for the property is 28 March.

There are two areas lined up for homes: Western Residential, an area that includes the railway station and Peak Forest Canal, as well as Southern Residential, which sits just south of Clarendon Shopping Centre and north of Union Street.

Cllr Vimal Choksi, the executive member for towns and communities at the council, said: “It is fantastic to see the progress that has been made on the vision for the future of Hyde Town Centre.

“The masterplan seeks to both celebrate and make the best use of Hyde’s existing buildings and public spaces, as well as helping to develop exciting work towards creating opportunities for a better market and shopping offer,” he continued.

“The creation of the masterplan is only the start of the journey and there are several steps that we need to take and high on the agenda will be the sourcing of further funding and partnerships which could help achieve our ambitions for the town.”

The Hyde town centre masterplan project is partially funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and from £237,000 of High Street Accelerator Seed Funding. A public consultation on the masterplan was held last summer, with more than 1,600 people contributing their feedback.

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TMBC is Ashton under Lyne-centric. Hyde is an afterthought, here. Asda and Morrisons cater for the town, so demolish the old market area from the town hall up to and including KFC, and build a mix of two and three storey private houses. Convert the old library into a food hall and grocery market. Clamp down on the drug addicts, drunks and feral youth in the town centre, and that’s the best you can do for Hyde. The need for cars has changed the structure of the town centre, along with the motorway and two large supermarkets. The cinemas closed because of Belle Vue’s Showcase cinema. Farewell, Hyde.

By Anonymous

Why will this take 20 years and when will see any changes

By Susan Knowles

Another nail in the coffin for hyde

By Neil Wheater

Tameside council and a Master Plan should never be used in the same sentence…….

By Anonymous

Hi ya Neil Wheater, Exactly, It all began when some Placemakers (from somewhere else) decided that 15,000 Mancunians must be shifted to live on the green fields in Hattersley between Hyde and Mottram in Cheshire. No problem with Green Belts. Hyde declined ever since. I wont mention local labor market or crime figures, but so did Hattersley, Now down to 6,000 as Mancunians gradually move back home. Then Hyde Town Council was scrapped, as was local democracy, to create Tameside, whatever that is. Political centralization makes everything better. Real Place Making. Now Tameside officials want to build on Godley Green; the last fields between Hyde and Longden Dale. Surely there are hundreds of houses empty in Hattersley. Try that trick in Surrey or Sussex and see what happens.

By Anonymous

Do i smell a 15 minute city or the like cooking? Shameside council can’t be trusted to do what is in the interests of the people of Tameside. I only see self-interest at work here and projects that only benefit those at the top and score points in meeting net zero and equity, diversity and inclusion targets.

By Brian

Greater Manchester doesn’t follow the 15 minute city model, more than 90 minutes sat in traffic into Manchester city centre model

By Anonymous

Brian – what’s wrong with 15 minute cities?

By Anonymous

Hi Brian, what have right wing conspiracy theories which completely misrepresent ‘15 minute cities’ (15 minute cities are nothing more than strengthening traditional town centres) got to do with the discussion over these proposals?

By Anonymous

This sounds dreadful, have you even asked the residents of Hyde what they want? If you looked at the results, you would see less houses and to keep the green spaces is the answer. No one wants more cars causing congestion, we want areas of greenery, we can go for walks with our families. Spend the money, clearing the litter, funding youth clubs and sorting out poverty

By Rae

    Hi Rae. As the story notes: more than 1,600 people contributed feedback to the masterplan when it underwent public consultation last summer.

    By Julia Hatmaker

The plans all seem very grand. I personally think market stalls are outdated. There are pound shops everywhere!
I would generally like the town cleaned up and empty rundown property demolished and new housing built, instead of earmarking beautiful green belt land. Good luck with the plans.
A good starting point would be for the Town Hall clock to be put right, it’s been on 12 for months now. It smacks of apathy by the powers that be.

By Anonymous

Always fear the word master plan ,especially when associated with Tameside council

By Anonymous

Looks like a plan for more HMO’s
Why don’t the council reduce the rates and rents in order to bring more retail outlets to the town centre?
Tameside dies a little more everyday.

By Anonymous

Is there going to be a market area I am disabled and can only get to hyde market without costing me a fortune in taxis going to other markets


Great news!

By Anonymous

How will the market fit in “market place “

By Kevin Fitton

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