Placefirst secures planning permission from Calderdale Council for Cow Green – its £21m Build to Rent scheme in Halifax town centre on the site of a former multi-storey car park. The new development will deliver 122 high-quality sustainable homes – a mix of one and two bedroom apartments.
Cow Green will be Placefirst’s most sustainable project to date as it transitions towards net zero, with a thermally efficient building envelope bolstered by photovoltaic panels, air source heat pumps and wastewater heat recovery. The scheme will also include electric vehicle charging and an electric car club for residents.
The scheme has been designed in partnership with JM Architects, and takes inspiration from the town’s rich heritage. The scheme will integrate with the Council’s wider Cow Green public realm and highway improvements. Other key members of the project team include DEP Landscape, Walker Sime, Roscoe, TACE and Maddox Planning.
Construction at Cow Green will start later this year, with completion expected in 2025. Once complete, Placefirst will remain on site and be responsible for every aspect of the neighbourhood – via its in-house residents’ services team.
“We are delighted that Calderdale Council have approved our plans to transform this brownfield site into a new sustainable Build to Rent community within Halifax. Our aim is to set the standard for Build to Rent in the town centre, which we believe has untapped potential.
“We want to create a lasting and positive impact on the local area, and we look forward to starting work on site later this year.”James Litherland, Planning and Development Manager, Placefirst
The plans for the new Build to Rent development contribute to Calderdale Council’s vision to turn Halifax into a vibrant place to live, work and visit. They also dovetail 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.
Placefirst’s work at Cow Green builds on its track record of delivering quality Build to Rent and single-family rental schemes, and adds to its portfolio in Yorkshire which also includes Skye Edge in Sheffield, a thriving family community of 113 homes with hilltop views across the city.