A £25,000 development grant was confirmed last week, enabling Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council to work on the second stage of its application to the HLF, which will then decide whether to award the full £1.4 million grant.
The grant is part of HLF's townscape heritage initiative to conserve and regenerate historic urban areas. It will be earmarked for areas surrounding the 18th century grade I listed Piece Hall and King Cross Street. Both areas contain derelict buildings that are seen as contributing to an "air of neglect".
Ray Taylor, HLF manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, said that the heritage initiative "has had a huge impact in dozens of towns and cities across the UK".