WORK has begun to redevelop the former Hopkinsons Valves site at Birkby.
Housebuilder CALA Homes has started to demolish industrial buildings fronting Wheathouse Road as the first step in a creation of a £65m housing scheme.
Leeds-based CALA has been granted planning permission from Kirklees Council for 315 new homes on the sprawling 18-acre site.
Weir Valves and Controls, formerly Hopkinsons, transferred its operations to Ainleys Industrial Estate at Elland almost a year ago.
Jim Cropper, managing director for CALA Homes in Yorkshire, said the Birkby scheme would provide a mix of new homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom detached houses.
The scheme includes a central square and main boulevard. The existing stone office building at Britannia Works will be refurbished and converted into apartments.
CALA said the scheme, designed by architectural practices DG3 and Malcolm Payne Group, would include £1.8m of affordable housing.
Construction of the first new houses will begin early next year with the first ones scheduled for completion in January, 2008. Sales "offplan" will start next summer.
Mr Cropper said CALA worked closely with Kirklees and local people in a wide-ranging public consultation exercise.
"Our new development is being welcomed by the whole of the local community," he said.
"We listened to what they had to say and we reacted to it.
"We will ensure that our housing is well integrated into the housing which already surrounds the site."
CALA Homes is also completing 208 houses and apartments at its 1767 scheme on the site of a former textile mill in Dewsbury.
The company is also developing 24 apartments at Shipley.