Former offices and library property to be knocked down

Ian Clough Hall, in Baildon, near Bradford, is set to be demolished with the work due to start in the New Year.

The property opened in 1971 and had accommodated Baildon Library and the offices of Baildon Town Council. But it has now been dubbed “surplus to requirements”.

In 2019 Bradford Council – which owns the building – revealed it would be relocating the library and offices and selling off the site.

The council said the 50-year-old building was becoming more costly to operate, and was no longer used as much as previously.

An application to demolish the building has now been lodged with the council. If given consent, the demolition is expected to begin in early January and continue until late March.

The library and office space will instead be based at the former Baildon Club, next to the hall.

Council officers have said once the site of the hall is sold, it is likely to be used for housing.

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