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Student flat plan for listed Huddersfield town centre building

Kirklees Council sold 6-8 St Peter's Street and developer wants it for flats for foreign students

Student flats plan for building at junction of Byram Street and St. Peter's Street in Huddersfield.

A former Kirklees Council building could become new student flats.

A planning application has been submitted seeking consent to covert 6-8 St Peter’s Street, overlooking the Parish Church gardens, into 33 flats.

The building was owned by Kirklees Council and the application says Jersey-based CastleHill Global Capital Holding recently purchased it.

The application says: “The applicant CastleHill Global will be retaining the completed building in their portfolio and be responsible for the future facilities management.

“Due to the nature of Castle Hill’s business model, their view is to facilitate the long term pipeline of foreign students to study in Huddersfield.

“Not only does this guarantee the occupancy of the completed scheme, but it also guarantees the future flow of foreign income into the local economy of Huddersfield.”

Plans show each of the 33 flats will be studio-type and aimed at the student market.

An outside area will also be improved as part of the work, along with bike storage.

The building has not been used for some years and is run-down, with replacement sash-windows needed as part of the regeneration bid.

The three-storey Grade II listed Georgian building was originally a hotel. The facade is that of the 18th Century George Inn, which stood in the Market Place and relocated its present location in 1852.

In the 1990s it was converted into offices, with some of the historical features removed and replaced with poor quality partitioning.

The application is open to public comments until August 22 at Kirklees Council.

It is the latest application for student flats in and around Huddersfield town centre. The council is currently considering plans for 60 student flats and 13 townhouses off Queensgate.

And earlier this year Kirklees councillors on the planning committee approved plans for 504 student flats on Manchester Road behind the new college.


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