Plans to build low carbon housing on former middle school site up for approval

A pilot project that will see the building of 20 low carbon homes in Liversedge, is among the items to be decided at the next Cabinet meeting.

How many homes will be built?

A total of 125 new homes, including council housing, are being proposed on the former RM Grylls Middle School site.

The plans will include 20 new homes constructed to a certified Passivhaus standard. This is a recognised German standard for low energy building.

Our commitments to achieving net-zero by 2038

The move comes in response to our Climate Emergency Declaration in 2019 and pledges to achieve net-zero by 2038. It also helps address the current energy crisis, which has resulted in many Kirklees residents experiencing fuel poverty.

The homes will be built with materials that will reduce heat loss and energy usage. They will include additional layers of insulation, airtight glazing and mechanical ventilation. As well as heat recovery systems, to help retain heat and make the homes energy efficient.

David Shepherd, Strategic Director of Growth and Regeneration at Kirklees Council, said:

“We’re committed to our 2038 zero carbon target and exploring all areas of our service delivery to transform the way we do things and make a real impact on carbon reduction.

“This pilot is testament to our approach to seek innovative solutions and I am very excited to see if this type of construction could help shape the future of building new council housing in Kirklees.”

If cabinet approves the proposals when they meet, a full planning application will be made in early 2023. A construction partner will then be awarded the contract and work to start next autumn.

We hope the learning and knowledge acquired during the design and build process will help steer us to consider low carbon housing solutions in the future.