WORK could start early in the New Year on a major development at Blackley.
The group behind the plans to revamp the derelict Blackley Brickworks want permission to start demolition on the site.
They want to turn the site into a new housing complex, with 120 homes.
The site, close to the village cricket club and overlooking much of Elland from a prominent hillside, has grown more and more derelict over the years.
Calderdale Council granted planning permission for the project at the beginning of October, although there have been concerns from local residents and councillors.
Many welcomed the regeneration of the ‘eyesore’ site which has been prone to vandalism and hope the development will restore community life in Blackley.
A Section 106 agreement would secure £166,743 towards open space, sport and recreation facilities
Now the developers, Newcastle-based Metnor Blackley Ltd, have approached the council seeking permission to start preparatory work on the site.
They want to demolish the remaining buildings to establish exactly how much work needs to be done before construction can begin.
A spokesman for the developers said: “The proposal is to demolish the dilapidated steel and brick-built buildings forming the shell of the former brickworks and the removal of a high brick-built chimney.
“The buildings are in a dilapidated state and considered an eyesore.
“Plus, further ground investigation is required under their footprints to assist future redevelopment of the site.”
There are believed to be pockets of asbestos on the sprawling site and a specialist contractor would be brought in to remove this.
Much of the material from the demolished buildings would be used in foundations for the new-build homes.
Contractors hope the application is approved by the council and expect work to begin early in 2013, with a completion date for the site clearance of early April.
The company submitted the plans for 120 homes just off junction 24 and half-a-mile away from an accident blackspot roundabout earlier this year.
The proposal was well received with 56 letters of support and only seven against.
It is more than 20 years since the brickworks closed down.
Objectors claimed the site was too small for the development and that it would be out of character with the historic Blackley hamlet.
They raised concerns over noise pollution, increased traffic problems, surface water and drainage.
But the planning committee approved the outline plans which will now be subject to referral to the Secretary of State due to the size of the development.