Demolition work has begun to remove the ruined parade of shops in the centre of Mixenden.
The demolition will pave the way for what councillors have dubbed the ‘Mixenden Hub’.
The Hub will form a focal point village and includes plans for a new doctor’s surgery, shops, library and a five-a-side football pitch.
Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said: “It’s absolutely fantastic in terms of the future of Mixenden - it’s a major step forward.
“We’ve been working on this for quite some time now and its good to see work begin.
“As part of the demolition programme we’ve also been clearing the trees that have self-seeded over the years on the adjacent patch of land.
“In recent times the land has been used as a dumping ground for fly-tippers, so with the owner’s permission we’re going to fence off that piece of land.”
The project has been funded through Performance Reward grant money which was given to given to Calderdale Council.
Calderdale Forward carried out a consultation to find out which project was most urgent, and the Mixenden Hub proposals came out top.