Archive | September 2015

Mount Pleasant School

Here is a link to the Huddersfield examiner article covering the ongoing campaign to save the amazing clock tower at Mount Pleasant School In Lockwood:

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/mount-pleasant-clock-tower-campaign-9989185

mount pleasant

I feel a pattern emerging. A former council property is snapped up in an auction by a developer for next to nothing, and plans to demolish said building are expedited by the council. How can we demolish this architectural treasure?

Thankfully the Examiner are very vocal about local heritage, and hopefully the campaign to stop this iconoclastic behaviour will be successful. Please if you can attend the meeting  in support of this campaign. See linked article for dates and location.

Demolition of houses in North Huddersfield

An application to demolish two town houses in Huddersfield has been submitted, to be replaced with 14 apartments:

http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/business/planning/application_search/detail.aspx?id=2015%2f92557

 

Sparks Road Huddersfield

Sparks Road Huddersfield replacement

The contrast between the new and old buildings doesn’t really require comment. Sadly, this will be technically be considered a brownfield development, with a net addition of 12 dwellings. On paper this is exactly what the council have been asking for. Yet I’m sure that the loss of these Victorian buildings from the area of Huddersfield that remains thoroughly authentically industrial in vernacular, will continue to push Huddersfield into the realm of another generic town.

Housing crisis trump card will certainly be played here, and we will sadly lose some fine old houses.