Placefirst submits planning for Cow Green BTR

Regeneration specialist’s Placefirst submits a planning application for Cow Green, a Build to Rent scheme in Halifax town centre.

Cow Green Build to Rent development in Halifax - Placefirst | BTR News
Placefirst's Cow Green Build to Rent development in Halifax.

UK Build to Rent provider Placefirst submits a full planning application for Cow Green, a £16m Build to Rent scheme in Halifax. Plans for Cow Green will see the former multi-storey car park site in Halifax town centre transformed into Build to Rent homes. If approved, work is expected to start in mid-2023 and be completed by 2025.

The new scheme will deliver 122 new homes – a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments with bike storage and electric car charging points. Designed as a nine-storey building by JM Architects, the development takes inspiration from the town’s heritage and is intended to integrate with the council’s wider Cow Green highway improvements through landscape features and public realm.

Placefirst is working collaboratively with West Yorkshire Combined Authority on the delivery of the scheme. Pre-application advice has been sought from Calderdale Council and a public consultation took place in October. Maddox Planning is acting as planning consultant.  

Plans for Cow Green represent Placefirst’s most sustainable project to date as it transitions towards net zero. A fabric-first approach has been taken with the aim of maximising the thermal performance of the building. The development’s renewable and energy efficiency technologies will include photovoltaic panels, air source heat pumps, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and wastewater heat recovery. This will deliver an EPC rating which will limit energy consumption and provide for lower bills for residents.

“We are excited to submit our plans to regenerate this area in the centre of Halifax with our most sustainable scheme to date. We have worked closely with the Combined Authority and Calderdale Council to ensure the scheme delivers the shared objectives of all partners and sets the standard for high-quality Build to Rent in Halifax.

“We hope that the proposals are well received and look forward to starting work next summer to create new homes for residents.”

James Litherland, Planning and Development Manager, Placefirst

The proposal dovetails with current and future ‘Calderdale The Next Chapter’ proposals for the town centre, such as the refurbishment of the bus station and the train station gateway. The Cow Green scheme is linked closely to Calderdale’s vision for Halifax as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

Placefirst has created rental neighbourhoods in regions across the UK. The Cow Green scheme would follow other developments including Elevate, a 53 apartment Build to Rent scheme near Manchester city centre which completed in May 2022, and Skye Edge, a single-family Build to Rent community of 113 new build homes near Sheffield. Placefirst maintains a presence on site and manages neighbourhoods with in-house teams and resident services managers.