Health centre planned for Brighouse

Artist's impression for new Brighouse Health Centre.
Artist's impression for new Brighouse Health Centre.

PLANS have been unveiled for a possible health centre, care home and car park on the Sugdan’s Mill site, in Brighouse.

Calderdale health chiefs had considered building a health centre at the Brighouse Sport Club, in Bradford Road, or off Lawson Road.

The Sudan’s site was ruled out because the council wanted the land for retail use and it became the subject of a lengthy wrangle over planning and a compulsory purchase order.

The council eventually lost the case, freeing the way for Younger Homes Northern Ltd to put in a new application this week.

According to David Storrie Associates, development consultants, Calderdale Primary Care Trust found the sports club site unsuitable for a health centre in late 2009.

“The Lawson Road site was selected in January 2010 as the preferred option but there are issues with it that need to be resolved so no proposals have yet been developed to a stage where a planning application can be submitted.

“Ours is the only site in Brighouse that is available, affordable, achievable and the right size - there is no better site than this.”

Younger Homes a seeking permission to demolish Crowtrees Garage and put up a five-storey building with an underground car park at the junction of Mill Royd Street and Huddersfield Road.

As well as a health centre, it would incorporate a care home and a health shop.

There would be additional parking space at the back of the building stretching towards Briggate.

The accommodation inside the building will confirmed once the number of doctor’s relocating is confirmed and when the care home provider has been appointed.

The architects for the scheme say they want to create a landmark building that people can use as a directional reference point. The entrance has a two-storey curved glass frontage.

“Power will eventually be generated by an Archimedes screw in the River Calder.”