PLANNERS are expected to give the go-ahead tomorrow to a massive redevelopment near Huddersfield town centre – creating 2,000 jobs.
Kirklees College wants to build a new campus on a triangle of land between Manchester Road, Chapel Hill and the River Colne.
The Waterfront Quarter plan, which also includes three blocks of flats and four offices buildings, would create the new jobs, in construction and in future use of the site.
The site is currently used by Sellers Engineering and Acacia Timber.
Kirklees Council planning officers have recommended that Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee approve the plan.
A report to the sub-committee concludes: “This application would represent a major redevelopment scheme which would regenerate and rejuvenate this part of Huddersfield. It would provide a sustainable location for a 21st Century technical college and new opportunities for office development and living close to the heart of the town.
“It must be recognised that the size of the development would result in significant changes to the town. The most apparent would be the scale of the development and the impact this would have on the existing skyline and townscape of Huddersfield.”
Kirklees College – which was formed earlier this year by the merger of Huddersfield Technical College and Dewsbury College – wants to move to the Waterfront from its current site at New North Road.
A complex of college buildings is planned. It would have a maximum height of 37 metres and include 10 parking spaces. The college is trying to secure more off-site parking.
There would be a public square in the middle of the campus and a towpath along Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
A further seven buildings are planned on the site. These include three apartment blocks with 309 flats. The blocks would have a maximum height of 33 metres and have 375 parking spaces.
Four office buildings with a total of 233 parking spaces are also planned. One of the buildings would include a cafe and crèche.
Four Manchester Road residents have written to Kirklees to oppose the development. Objections include that the development would be overbearing and lead to an increase in pollution, traffic and crime.
The Environment Agency has approved the plan despite part of the site being at a high risk of flooding.
English Heritage also supports the proposal, saying it will enhance the setting of Folly Hall Mill.