MORE people look set to take advantage of the current trend in loft and apartment living in Huddersfield with the creation of two new developments.
Planners yesterday gave thumbs up for two mill conversions in Lindley and Longwood.
The plans, given the go-ahead by members of councillors on the Huddersfield planning sub-committee, will lead to the creation of more than 200 apartments and homes at Wellington Mills in Plover Road, Lindley, and Parkwood Mills, Grove Street, Longwood.
Planning officers will give the final go-ahead for the Parkwood Mills Company Ltd to create 121 homes by converting part of Parkwood Mills and demolishing some parts of the building.
The environment secretary will have to approve the demolition because it is a listed building.
At the Wellington Mills site, Carpets International (UK) Ltd and Lanson Developments will create 106 new apartments and convert an existing building into a further 21.
Twenty further residential units are planned in part of the former textile mill with 950 square metres of office space also being created.
Listed building consent will again be needed for some of the demolition work on the site.
Ten affordable homes for rent and sale will be included as part of the development.
Councillors made their decisions on the plans following site visits to Lindley and Longwood.
* Plans to build apartments and an extension at Brighouse High School will go ahead.
Calderdale Council Planning Committee have approved the scheme for the site, off Parsonage Lane.
A four-storey block of 24 apartments will be built by developer Prestigious Living, which is also the builder of nearby retirement flats Knightsbridge Court.
The contemporary building will be created from stone and glass, with a zinc roof.
Three floors will house the 24 apartments and a second floor a roof garden with conservatory.
The apartments will be sold privately.
The ground floor will become an extension to the school's sixth form centre.
Facilities will include a lecture theatre for 150 people, seminar rooms and a kitchen.
The centre will also be used for training staff and for offering courses relating to business and enterprise.
Graham Soles, head teacher, said:
"We are very, very pleased that the application has been approved. It will help us go one stage further with our plans as a specialist school and help us expand our services for the people of Brighouse."
Mr Soles said the cost to the school for the new centre was £1million, but the cost of the total development would be much more.
A new road will be put in from Knightsbridge Court to the development and a 25 space car park built.
To make way for the development, a manor house in the school grounds has to be demolished.
It was used for lessons until three years ago but has fallen into disrepair and the school has been unable to find cash to refurbish it.
The loss of the manor house provoked objections from local residents.
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