Housing could be built on the site of a former Lindley council office block.

Kirklees Council already has consent to demolish Oakmead in Lindley - which was once a home to the council’s children’s services.

Now the council has applied for outline planning permission for a residential development at the Lidget Street site.

Kirklees Council has, in the past, said that seeking planning consent for such use will increase the potential price when selling off the land.

The authority is going through a major scheme looking at redundant and unused council offices and other buildings and trying to dispose of many of them.

No indication has been given of how many houses the Oakmead site can hold, but a report submitted with the planning application says it will comprise a ‘mix of large detached housing’ with space for three vehicles to park per property.

It adds: “The site is located within walking distance of schools, facilities, and public transport.

Oakmead, Lindley
Oakmead, Lindley
 

“This former care home building has been, until recently been used as office accommodation.

“Following demolition of the existing disused buildings, a development of new housing in this location will have no detrimental impact on surrounding area.

“Housing can be accommodated without significant impact on adjacent dwellings pending careful consideration given to the siting of proposed accommodation and associated habitable windows.”

No indication is given to the future of neighbouring Fieldhead, which is subject to a number of asset transfer bids.

Public comments can be made on the Oakmead plans at Kirklees Council’s planning department until October 17.