DEVELOPERS say they are postponing the opening of a new shopping precinct in Batley.
The old Batley Shopping Centre on Alfreds’ Way has been closed to the public since 2016, but development firm Z&F Properties Ltd recently bought the unoccupied site in a bid to boost the town’s regeneration efforts.
Headed by businessman Zahid Iqbal the company had hoped to re-open the centre as ‘Batley Plaza’ in different stages following a complete redesign of the 40-year-old site, with ‘phase one’ opening as soon as July.
But Mr Iqbal says they have now made the decision to “open the whole scheme in one go” in November.
He said: “We’ve had such a fantastic response that we’ve now decided that we’re going to open the whole scheme in one go.
“We’ve had some really good input from local councillors. Originally we were going to open in July, get some tenants in and open up then put a planning application in for stage two.
“But we’ve decided in the next two to three weeks we’re going to submit planning for stage two and three and open it all in one go in November.”
There are just nine shopping units left to let of the 24 made available for phase one of the project, with a further 10 larger units planned for phase two.
The new Plaza will boast a cafe, a large street food market, and three different sizes of unit – aimed at those who are looking for their first premises and established firms who are wanting to expand.
Anybody interested in renting a unit in the new centre should call Mr Iqbal on 07415 720074.