The question is how to revive Hyde town centre - the answer is coming through money available through the British Property Federation’s Futures Challenge (part of the One Public Estate programme).
Tameside Council has beaten 24 other authorities to qualify for the scheme and is now looking for bright and forward-thinking young people to come up with the new and innovative ideas needed to revive Hyde.
Tameside Council’s executive leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington, said: “I’m delighted that we have been successful in our bid for £100,000 as part of the British Property Federations Future Challenge.
“The fund - which is in partnership with the Office of Government Property and the Local Government Association’s One Public Estate Programme - will certainly kick-start our vision in creating a thriving town centre in Hyde.
“We want our residents to be at the heart of our plans, making better use of the existing public assets while capitalising on new developments being built around the centre.
“We’re excited to develop fresh and innovative proposals that will be a solid foundation towards a sustainable, accessible and community service-rich centre that will really take Hyde forward into the 21st century.”
The £100,000 will be used to fund a master plan for Hyde developed with new ideas and young professional thinking. This will be the base from which to move forward in securing further investment.
Six to nine people who are seen as Tameside Council future leaders, have knowledge of housing and regeneration, and within 10 years of graduation, will be asked to formulate proposals for Hyde. These will be judged by a panel including Tameside Council’s chief executive, Steven Pleasant, and a winning proposal will be announced in October at the MIPIM UK Summit in London.
A spokesman for One Public Estate said: “Tameside now has the opportunity to work collaboratively to generate innovative property and place-making solutions for Hyde with fresh thinking from the unique perspective of BPF Futures members and guidance from experienced property professionals.”
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