The Blackley Brickworks site was a strategic land opportunity adjacent to junction 24 of the M62 north of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
The former brickworks were acquired in a badly dilapidated state regularly vandalised and frequented by travellers.
We worked closely with Calderdale MBC to investigate development options for the site which was a former brownfield employment site in a greenbelt setting.
Lengthy discussions with both Calderdale MBC and the local community via public consultations resulted in a residential masterplan proposal for 120 dwellings. The number of dwellings was calculated on the basis of the original employment use floor area of the brickworks.
An outline planning approval for 120 dwellings was achieved and the application was not called in by the Secretary of State. Lengthy negotiations were undertaken with the District Valuer regarding section 106 obligations in terms of viability particularly as the site required extensive remediation. An acceptable section 106 was agreed and the planning approval issued. On receipt we cleared the site of the dilapidated buildings and stock piled material for future remediation.
The next stage involved seeking house builder expressions of interest, shortlisting and a two stage bid process for the sale of the land. Sale contracts were exchanged with Harron Homes Ltd who then progressed a reserved matters application for 84 dwellings which was successfully approved. The land was sold in two phased stages and Harron have progressed a high quality residential scheme known as Hazelmoor Fold which we understand has been well received by home buyers.