Hospital site acquisition paves way for hundreds of Huddersfield homes

Fitzwilliam Grange (Demo)

PLANS are afoot to brings hundreds of homes and construction jobs to Huddersfield now that a Yorkshire housebuilder has bought a former hospital site for development.

Avant Homes Yorkshire, based in Wakefield, has bought a 20-acre parcel of land at the former St Luke’s Hospital site, where it plans to build 226 new homes. The development is expected to create up to 250 sales and construction jobs.

The site has been sold in a joint venture partnership between Henry Boot Developments (HBD) and Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Planning was granted for the development by Kirklees Council in April this year.

Located just off Blackmoorfoot Road, the Avant development, called Fitzwilliam Grange, will restore the brownfield site to positive use, having been vacant for more than eight years. HBD will develop a remaining two-acres at the 22-acre site.

Work has already begun on the £58 million development, where Avant will provide 16 different design-led house types across a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. Eleven of the properties have been designated as ‘starter’ homes, offering an affordable entry level property for first time buyers.

“Fitzwilliam Grange is an exciting development for us, in a town which is undergoing significant regeneration,” said Chris Coley, Avant Homes Yorkshire’s managing director. “We are pleased to be bringing a brownfield site back into active use, providing the area with high-quality homes in this highly sustainable location. Offering fantastic views over the town, excellent nearby amenities and a wide range of our very latest house types we’re expecting the development to prove extremely popular.”

The first homes are due for completion in mid-2020, with the overall build expected to take just over five years. Show homes are expected to be unveiled in July 2020.

“The sale of land to Avant paves the way for the development of hundreds of much-needed new homes and supports the delivery of Kirklees’ ambitious Local Plan,” said Andrew Milne, senior development surveyor at HBD. “We look forward to seeing life return to this excellent site and will continue to work closely with our JV partner to develop the final two acres.”



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