Plans for a housing estate on land at Ashbrow on the outskirts of Huddersfield may have to go back to the drawing board.
The 11-acre (4.5 hectare) greenfield site, between the Asda supermarket and Ashbrow Road, is earmarked for around 180 homes.
The land was previously used by the former Huddersfield Technical College as part of its agricultural and horticultural courses.
However the developer of the land has identified problems relating to highways and drainage issues, prompting Kirklees Council to agree to consider a new plan over the summer.
The existing proposal for the site aims to help tackle the borough’s growing housing crisis by providing open market homes for sale as well as 13 affordable homes.
The houses are expected to be a mix of “generously sized” two-and three-bedroom properties.
The site will also boast a council-run Extra Care scheme, which would be managed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH).
Extra Care housing is designed for people with care and support needs, including older or disabled people and those with long-term conditions.
It consists of self-contained flats with design features and care and support services available to enable self-care and independent living.
The council agreed to sell the land to its delivery partner in September 2017. Income from the sale was to subsidise the KNH facility.
Planning permission was granted in June 2018.
But as the detailed design was progressed the drainage and highways issues came to light. Following a discussion in private session members of the council’s Cabinet yesterday (June 18) agreed to changes to the Ashbrow development.
Clr Cathy Scott (Lab, Dewsbury East), the council’s portfolio holder for Housing and Democracy, said: “I am delighted that this scheme will deliver a range of market, affordable and Extra Care housing, and [that it] will respond to the varied needs of local people.”
The plan came under fire last year for “stigmatising” families who would rent affordable homes by placing them in one specific area of the site.
The indicative lay-out showed the 13 homes were clustered together on one street whilst more expensive properties were to be built elsewhere on the site.
Speaking at a meeting of the council’s Strategic Planning Committee in April 2018 Clr Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) said not integrating low-cost housing into the wider plan risked pushing people into a “ghetto”.
And committee chair Clr Steve Hall (Lab, Heckmondwike) said claims that the scheme was 39% affordable housing was skewed by the inclusion of KNH’s 50-bed Extra Care facility.
He said the real figure was about 11.8%, below the council’s normal threshold of 20%.