High rise flats to be redeveloped in £36m scheme

The early stages of a plan to redevelop a pair of Huddersfield tower blocks have begun.

Following a consultation with residents in 2021, council tenants at Berry Brow’s Bishops Court and Holme Park Court were asked to give their views over the future of the two high-rise blocks.

Tenants voted overwhelmingly in favour of the blocks being demolished and rebuilt as new housing.

The £36.78m project is expected to take around seven years and will include a public consultation before a formal planning application is lodged.

Housing officers are now starting phase one of the plan. Officers will begin by individually supporting tenants at Bishops Court to find new homes. It is expected it could be two years before all tenants are moved out of the Berry Brow flats.

Councillor Cathy Scott, cabinet member for housing and democracy, said: “After listening to our tenants’ views on the future of the Berry Brow high rise flats, I am pleased we are now able to start the process of redeveloping the flats and start talking to our tenants to support them in finding alternative places they would like to live.”

Work will begin on drawing up plans for new build social housing on the Berry Brow site. Draft designs are expected to be ready for public consultation by summer 2023.