A new image has been revealed of the homes which could replace two blocks of high-rise flats at Berry Brow.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet last week approved demolition of Bishop’s Court and Holme Park Court due to fire safety fears over insulation.
The plan was formed following in-depth conversations with tenants and leaseholders earlier this year, looking for ways to ensure robust fire safety measures were in place and that potential fire risks were minimised, in line with Government requirements.
A majority of tenants in the neighbouring blocks backed demolition rather than refurbishment. The Cabinet decision means the multi-million-pound investment plan across four high rise blocks in Huddersfield will go ahead.
The £57 million investment will see Bishop’s Court and Holme Park Court at Berry Brow demolished and replaced with new lower height buildings. Meanwhile, two other blocks in Huddersfield town centre will see major works. Buxton House will be significantly remodelled and Harold Wilson Court will see improvements to fire safety standards.
Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for housing and democracy and deputy leader of the council, said: “The tragic events of Grenfell were a reminder that the council cannot ignore the ongoing risks associated with high-rise residential blocks.
“The safety of our residents is our first priority and we are committed to bringing our high-rise buildings up to the standard our tenants deserve.
“Our tenants are uniquely placed to give us feedback and when the new Government standards were introduced, we spoke to our tenants and explained the options for each of the high-rise blocks in question.
“Taking on this feedback helped inform the Cabinet decision and we now have a plan for investment that will deliver safer and more modern homes.”
Further consultation with tenants will take place to explain the plan moving forward including rehousing options during the works, which should commence sometime next year.