The next step of the regeneration of Beech Hill in Halifax has been given the green light after planning permission was granted to build 105 new homes on the estate.
The £13.5m development is part of the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership (CTHIP). The partnership between Together Housing Group and Calderdale Council was established to jointly deliver up to 650 affordable homes across Calderdale over five years.
The development includes a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom family homes which will be available for affordable rent. The project will also include a cycle route, landscaping, public open space, parking facilities and infrastructure works.
Construction work has been ongoing in the Beech Hill area over the past two years to prepare the site for re-development, with the demolition of Westbrook Court, Blenheim Court and Cobden Court, a former council depot and retail units now complete.
This project will support the wider transformation of Calderdale and investment in its housing, transport, public spaces and businesses.
The overall regeneration programme has been supported with funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Homes England, Calderdale Council and Together Housing Group.
George Paterson, Director of Property Services at Together Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission and to be working with Esh on the delivery of new, affordable homes. This milestone is the latest in a journey of significant progress made to regenerate the Beech Hill area, a journey that the partnership has been working on for many years and we are very much looking forward to getting started on site.”
Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, said: “We’re really happy to see this major step forward in regenerating Beech Hill. Providing high-quality, affordable homes in this key part of Halifax will give local families more choice and much-needed quality housing. It will also contribute towards Calderdale’s wider transformation to grow our economy, reduce inequalities and build a sustainable future. Alongside our investment in major projects like transport and public spaces, the Beech Hill scheme supports our Vision2024 for Calderdale to be a thriving borough where people want to live, work and invest.”
The scheme will be delivered by Esh Construction’s affordable housing division, following contract award via direct appointment through the Efficiency North framework.
Esh has been appointed as the design and build contractor to deliver the development working in partnership with design team Watson Batty Architects, Alan Wood & Partners and CPC Project Services.
Chris Hale, Estimating Director at Esh Construction, said: “We are pleased to secure planning permission for this much-needed development of affordable family homes in Halifax. The regeneration of Beech Hill has been long in the making and we’re delighted to be working with Together Housing Group to deliver this new build phase of works to contribute to the area’s transformation.”
Emma Mottram, Director of Operations, EN:Procure, commented: “We are delighted that Efficiency North has been able to promote and enable early contractor involvement in this scheme and the exemplar performance of the team in achieving such a key milestone on a complex site. This project will deliver real social value and support social mobility for Together Housing Group’s local tenant and resident communities through targeted employment and skills during its construction.”
Construction work on the two-year development is due to start late 2020, with a view to the first residents occupying their new homes in July 2022.
The news of planning permission for the new homes comes on the back of Calderdale Council securing £1.2m from the ‘Getting Building’ fund through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to help fund the proposed repairs on the existing homes at Beech Hill. The project will also be funded with additional contributions from the Council and Together Housing Group, as well as the private landlords on the estate for the properties in their ownership.
The energy efficiency led group repair programme will provide properties with new insulated pitched roofs and rainwater goods; new doors and windows; external insulation with render finish; and improved boundary treatments and environmental works.