‘Eyesore’ brickworks could get 120 new houses

Blackley Brick works
Blackley Brick works

A former brickworks could be given a new lease of life if plans for 120 new homes are approved.

The crumbling Wilkinsons Brickworks at Blackley in Elland has stood empty since the site closed in 1985.

But site owners Metnor Construction Ltd want to regenerate the site with a new housing development.

The firm held two public drop-in exhibitions, at the Blackley Baptist Church on Thursday and Southgate Methodist Church in Elland on Friday, to give residents and interested parties the chance to learn more about the plans, and put their own views to the developers.

Gerard Hall of Metnor Property Group, said the response had been largely positive.

“We wanted to give people the chance to come and see the plans and on the whole people have been positive. The site has become an eyesore,” he said.

Calderdale Council has recommended that up to 162 homes could be built on the site, but Mr Hall said Metnor were only looking for 120, with a mix of bunaglows, family homes and properties for first time buyers.

“Around 20 per cent will be affordable housing, and we’re proposing 120 houses because it fits in better with the existing blueprint of the site.

“The site has good links with the motorway and will also be a big boost for Elland town centre too,” he said.

The consultation ends on February 27, with Metnor hoping to apply for outline planning permission as early as next month.