Site sold for more affordable housing

Coun Barry Collins
Coun Barry Collins
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KERSHAW Grange at Luddenden Foot is to be sold and replaced with affordable housing.

Calderdale Council has agreed to sell the site of the elderly people’s home to Pennine Housing, which could build up to 23 homes on it.

Cabinet member for economy and environment Coun Barry Collins, said: “The site failed to sell at auction, so we are now working with Pennine Housing 2000 to find a solution which will see affordable housing for people in an area where demand is particularly high.”

He said there were currently 8,500 people registered with Keychoice – Calderdale’s choice-based lettings register – and of those, 1,174 would like a property in Luddenden Foot.

“So this proposal represents a rare opportunity to provide much-needed affordable housing for families in the area,” he said.

Kershaw Grange was a council-run home for older people, which closed in 2009 and was later demolished. The cabinet voted to help make the scheme affordable to Pennine through the use of money from the council’s own affordable housing reserves.

Under Calderdale’s housing programme, more than £30 million worth of building is under way, which will provide around 300 new homes.

The council has worked with partners to help make a number of schemes happen, including 13 properties in Rochdale Road, Todmorden, developed by the Jephson Housing Association and Places for People; 12 houses in Rastrick, developed by St Vincent’s Housing Association, which included 10 houses for sale and two affordable rental properties for people with learning difficulties and a mixed-tenure scheme developed by Pennine Housing at Brig Royd, Ripponden.