Crossroads homes bid: new plan revealed

Councillor David Kirton outside Deco-Pac, Halifax Road
Councillor David Kirton outside Deco-Pac, Halifax Road

A developer has returned with new plans for a major housing development on the approach to Hipperholme crossroads.

Strata Homes, which was involved in the £3.6m scheme to revamp the crossroads that was axed last year, has started consulting with residents in the area about a proposed 69-plot scheme on Halifax Road, next to the Deco-Pak premises.

The development includes a range of two, three, four and five bedroom houses.

The land is currently occupied for industrial use and residents in the nearby houses have complained to ward councillors about the level of noise coming from the site.

Coun David Kirton (Con, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, pictured) said: “It is still early days. Some people may be for it and some may be against it.

“At the moment, the neighbouring residents to the site have made several noise and smell complaints to me and other councillors.

“The area for the proposal is quite an unsightly site and I would welcome a change. I am open minded about it at the moment.”

Of the 69 houses, 59 would be on the open market and ten would be registered to a social landlord. A questionnaire sent out to residents by the developer states: “The existing industrial occupiers of the site are experiencing severe difficulties undertaking their operations due to the relationship with adjoining residential properties.

“It is, therefore, proposed to submit a planning application to redevelop the site for new houses.”

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, lives in the recently constructed Persimmon development behind the site and said he has “mixed feelings” about the proposals.

“It is good for those near to the site as the industrial site is very noisy. But I am also concerned as schools and roads are already stretched in the area,” he said.

Coun Colin Raistrick (Independent, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) said: “It is a difficult one and I have mixed feelings about it. At the moment the land where Deco-Pak is based is an issue for the residents in the housing development next door as it is a very noisy site. So their quality of living would increase.

“However, I am not sure whether everyone will be happy. Hipperholme crossroads is already at full capacity.”

The future of Hipperholme crossroads continues to be a major talking point.

Last year, a £3.6m proposed scheme to revamp the key junction was axed amid significant opposition from local residents, businesses and councillors. As part of that project, Strata Homes had pledged to commit £300,000 to buy two strategic parcels of land.

Instead, Calderdale Council resolved to explore alternative options to relieve traffic problems and congestion around the crossroads.