Placefirst launches an online public consultation for its proposed 122 apartment scheme at Cow Green, in Halifax town centre. The £16m Build to rent project has been designed to transform a former multi-storey car park into homes, and if planning permission is granted, it will deliver a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments over nine storeys.
Designed in partnership with JM Architects, the proposed Cow Green scheme takes inspiration from the town’s heritage and would aim to deliver high-spec, energy efficient homes using a fabric-first approach and renewable technologies. There would also be an electric car club for residents. The landscaping around the site would include planting areas and new trees to integrate with the Council’s wider Cow Green Highway Improvements.
Placefirst is working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Calderdale Council on the delivery of the Cow Green development. The online public consultation invites comments and feedback from local residents to help shape the scheme. Once the public consultation is complete, the final planning application will be submitted to Calderdale Council in November 2022. If approved, work is expected to begin in mid 2023.
“After hard work and collaboration with Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, we are delighted to be in a position to share our plans with the public ahead of planning submission. We want to set the standard for high-quality, energy-efficient apartment living in Halifax town centre. We hope the consultation reaches as many stakeholders and residents as possible so we can take comments into account before a planning application is submitted.”James Litherland, Planning and Development Manager, Placefirst
Placefirst’s proposal follows previous regeneration projects including Dean Clough, the Piece Hall and Square Chapel, and ‘Calderdale The Next Chapter’ proposals for the town centre, such as the refurbishment of the bus station – which is already underway – and the train station gateway.
Cow Green intends to continue Placefirst’s commitment to the single-family Build to Rent sector in Yorkshire, and would follow in the footsteps of other Placefirst schemes in the region, including Cross Heath Grove in Leeds, and Skye Edge, a single-family Build to Rent community of 113 new homes with hilltop views of Sheffield.