Director welcomes scheme to demolish Halifax tower blocks

The tower blocks at Beech Hill
The tower blocks at Beech Hill

A director of housing has welcomed the decision to approve a regeneration plan that will see three tower blocks in Calderdale, which have stood empty for over 10 years, demolished.

Earlier this year, Together Housing Group submitted an outline planning application to build family homes on the Beech Hill estate site, currently occupied by Cobden Court, Blenheim Court and Westbrook Court.

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The outline plans for the scheme have now been approved by Calderdale Council.

George Paterson, Group Director of Property Services at Together Housing Group, said: “I, like many people in Halifax, will be delighted to see new, affordable homes replace these outdated tower blocks.

“This is part of our commitment to address the housing crisis in West Yorkshire where the average home is now seven times the average salary.”

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The housing association has appointed contractor Rhodar to start work on clearing the site, which also includes a former Calderdale Council highways depot."

The Beech Hill Project Board, an initiative between Together Housing, Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has been working hard for a number of years to try and get the empty blocks demolished but gap funding was required to progress the work.

The regeneration of Beech Hill is part of the Calderdale Together Investment Partnership, a partnership between Together Housing and Calderdale Council which aims to deliver up to 650 affordable homes for rent and ownership over the next five years.