LONG AWAITED building work has started at a former Holmfirth butcher’s shop.
Although the site of Brook Turner’s Butcher on Huddersfield Road was briefly occupied by furniture repair firm the Chair Doctor, it has predominantly been empty since the butcher moved out more than five years ago.
The plans for a mixed-use terrace had been opposed by the Holme Valley Business Association, but the project was given the green light by planners in 2006, after a long battle over the number of houses and parking spaces.
An original application for flats was rejected but two options were later given outline approval – one for 11 flats with one shop, the other for eight flats and three shops.
Now almost 18 months later, a development of eight town-houses and four retail units has finally begun.
The design, which retains the shell of the former butcher’s shop, incorporating it into one long terrace, has been made possible through the acquisition of an adjacent vacant site and land.
A statement from developer Jaguar Estates, said: “Careful thought and consideration has gone into the design and location of the terrace.
“Built to an extremely high specification, buyers will be impressed by the quality and workmanship of each property and its ideal location which offers the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of contemporary living, in a picturesque location with great shops and amenities right on the doorstep.
“Each three bedroom town-house comes with top quality fixtures and fittings, a luxury kitchen, Villeroy and Boch bathroom suites, en-suite master bedroom, chrome fittings throughout, on-site parking and a terrace area.
The statement added: “And, all the properties will come with the 10 year NHBC guarantee.”
The project is due to be completed in June this year.