• 15 November 2021
  • News,

The first bricks have been laid on a new build council housing development in Batley.

A former disused garage site at Corfe Close, just off Windmill Lane, will be transformed to deliver seven, two-bed homes all of which are for affordable rent.

The homes are the first part of a multi-million pound investment in North Kirklees, with construction planned to start on a further seven new homes in the Soothill area of Batley, within the next few months. 

Kirklees Council are working with Tolent to deliver both housing schemes that, when complete, will provide much needed homes for social rent. They are also working with Efficiency North to offer two apprenticeship opportunities across the sites creating job opportunities for local people.  

Contractor Tolent, who have regional offices across the North East and Yorkshire, were awarded the contract in June and will deliver the scheme by summer 2022. 

Work so far on site has included demolishing the old garages and foundation works and now the team will progress with brick and block work as the structures of the first few homes start to come out of the ground over the next few months.

Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, said: “I am really pleased to mark the start of construction on this new build project of affordable homes, demonstrating our commitment and intention to deliver much needed social housing for the people of Kirklees.

"The benefits of partnership working are clear here, especially where we have been able to offer two apprenticeship opportunities for local people. These new, quality homes are a welcome addition to our housing stock and I look forward to seeing the completed project.”  

Karl Hetherington, operations manager for Tolent, added: “It was great to be on site to showcase the progress our team is making on this scheme. 

“We’re delighted to be working with Kirklees Council to deliver these much needed, quality homes and continue to build on our reputation as the contractor of choice for housing across the wider Yorkshire region.”