Turf cutting marks the start of new council housing in Batley

Planning documents and character house being built

Councillors rolled up their sleeves to break the turf on a new council housing development in Batley.

Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, joined Batley East ward members Councillor Mahmood Akhtar, Councillor Fazila Loonat, and Councillor Habiban Zaman as contractors started work.

Where is the new development?

Working together with Tolent, we are building seven new houses at Howley Walk, on a former disused garage site.

The new development will consist of a terrace of three houses and a terrace of four houses. Each house will have two bedrooms.

The scheme is due to be completed by the end of 2022.

Corfe Close

The new properties coincide with another council housing development in North Kirklees at the nearby Corfe Close. Here, a further seven houses are currently being constructed. These two-bedroom houses are due to be finished by July 2022.

From left: Councillor Cathy Scott cuts the turf for new council housing at Howley Walk, Batley, accompanied by Batley East ward members Councillor Habiban Zaman, Councillor Mahmood Akhtar and Councillor Fazila Loonat

From left: Councillor Cathy Scott cuts the turf for new council housing at Howley Walk, Batley. Accompanied by Batley East ward members Councillor Habiban Zaman, Councillor Mahmood Akhtar and Councillor Fazila Loonat.

Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, said:

“I’m delighted to see another council housing project coming to fruition in North Kirklees. This will help to meet the growing demand for social housing in this area.

We are committed to delivering on the Council’s ‘Big Build’ project to ensure we can continue to offer high quality homes to our tenants and help improve lives.

I look forward to seeing the finished development, as well as the new homes on Corfe Close, later in the year.”

Councillor Habiban Zaman added:

“Our ambition in Batley East is that everyone deserves a safe, secure and decent home with a good quality of life.

We are excited to transform this currently unused plot of land into sustainable, accessible homes that put local people first.

I am really pleased to launch this scheme. It will help create a really good community feel to the area and meet the demand for accessible homes for all.”

Councillor Fazila Loonat said:

“At a time when the need for affordable housing is so great, having the opportunity to offer the people of Kirklees sustainable decent homes is fantastic. The site is within walking distance to local amenities and has good public transport connections.”