Help us shape plans for Bradford City Village

30.11.23 5 min read by Catherine Beaumont
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Members of the public are being invited to have their say to help shape plans for Bradford City Village, which is set to deliver 1,000 new homes and revitalise the former retail heart of the city centre.

Our ECF partnership with Legal & General and Homes England, working with Bradford Council, is creating a new sustainable neighbourhood at the heart of the city centre in the ‘Top of Town’ and Darley Street areas, which includes the sites of the Kirkgate and Oastler shopping centres.

Local residents, businesses and stakeholders are being asked to take part in an online survey or attend a roadshow event where they can meet our project team and share their views on the vision for this transformational scheme.

The vision for City Village is driven by the need to reduce outdated retail stock and reshape this part of the city centre to reflect changing times in the economy, creating a revitalised new retail core as well as new public spaces, homes and streets.

Together with the Council, we’re currently exploring the key elements for delivery, funding and phasing of City Village with an ambition to create a safe, healthy, attractive neighbourhood; with high-quality public spaces, modern landscaping and traffic-calmed streets.

The project will look to build on the momentum of the new £23m Darley Street Market development, NEC Bradford Live and our recently completed One City Park building, as well as the major highway and public realm infrastructure improvements taking place across the city as part of the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements scheme.

The public consultation survey can be filled in at and is open until January 7, 2024, and members of the public can also meet the project team at a number of public roadshow events including:


Kirkgate Shopping Centre (BD1 1TQ): Thursday 7 December 2023 12pm – 4pm

The Broadway (BD1 1JR): Friday 8 December 2023 2.30pm – 6.30pm

The Broadway (BD1 1JR):    Saturday 9 December 2023 11.30am – 3.30pm


Simon Dew, said:

Whilst much needed new housing is at the heart of this vision, City Village will also boost opportunities for independent retail, cafes, bars and business spaces. At this early stage as our plans are still taking shape, we’re starting a conversation with local residents and businesses. ”

“We want to hear their views on our initial ideas for regenerating this area of the city and understand what’s important to them. We plan to submit a planning application for City Village towards the end of 2024, and there will be further opportunities for people to get involved as our plans develop.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “City Village is one of the most significant regeneration developments in the district, bringing not just much needed quality housing into the city centre, but also providing opportunities for our independent retail and hospitality businesses. This first consultation is an early opportunity for people to have their say and help shape the future of the historic ‘Top of Town’ area of the city centre.”

City Village also features in the new strategic place partnership between the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Homes England, announced earlier this year.

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