Village to have low cost housing

A FORMER housing complex for the elderly in Heptonstall is to be demolished by Pennine Housing to make way for apartments.

Valley View, at Heptonstall, was built 37 years ago and was home to 28 people, some in their 80s and 90s.

The home has since closed and its residents have moved to homes throughout Calderdale.

The 1960s-style building will now be demolished and replaced with 22 low-cost apartments, following approval by Calderdale Council's planning committee this week.

Tom Miskell, for Pennine Housing, said: “Here we already have 22 apartments, mostly bedsits. That's all we are applying to build – 22 units with between eight and 10 car parking spaces.

“I struggle to see the current site as attractive. Unfortunately it's even more unattractive inside. People had shared bathrooms which is not suitable for modern-day living.

“Now we feel we have a design that is in keeping with Heptonstall. It's a gateway site, so it's got to look attractive.

“There's a strong need in Heptonstall for affordable housing. That's why we have some shared ownership and some for rent to help people get on the property ladder.”

Councillor Barry Collins said: “Affordable housing in Heptonstall would be a good idea. This has got to be a good scheme.”

Heptonstall Parish Councillor Mike Edwards, told the committee he was disappointed that a housing needs survey had not been conducted but on a positive note the revised plans were more in keeping with the conservation area of Heptonstall.

However he still had reservations over the planning materials.

He said materials used for the building's roof should be natural stone, boundaries should be made with dry stone walls, the ratio of parking spaces per home was inadequate, the sewerage system needed to be looked at and a community room should also be provided.

Two previous plans were rejected by the council because of their appearance.