The Kirklees Council Cabinet is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, 17th October, to deliberate on the redevelopment of Sycamore Grange. During the meeting, members will scrutinise the proposed budget and seek endorsement to proceed with the submission of a planning application, along with the requisite procedures for the construction of the new retirement living scheme.

In April 2023, consultations were conducted with tenants and residents, who welcomed the opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the designs. Subsequently, the designs were modified to better align with the feedback received from the residents.

The scheme will now encompass 41 retirement apartments, along with nine one-bedroom bungalows, five two-bedroom bungalows, and four one-bedroom cottage flats.

The additional housing, including the bungalows and cottage flats, will cater specifically to the needs of older individuals. This will not only enhance their living arrangements but also create more space for other Kirklees families.

Since spring 2023, council officers have been assisting tenants with the relocation process, achieving commendable progress. Housing staff will continue to support the remaining tenants in finding new homes. They will also have the option to return once the scheme has been completed, should they choose to do so.

Councillor Masood Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Housing and Highways, said; “I’m pleased with the updated plans for the progression of Sycamore Grange’s redevelopment, showing our commitment to supporting older residents to live independently for longer.

“By taking the feedback from the consultation, we’ve tailored the designs to better meet our tenants’ needs.

“I’m eager to see the continuous progress of this project as work begins next year.”

Following the endorsement of the plans by the Cabinet, we will proceed to apply for planning permission for the scheme. Subject to the planning and building contract process, it is envisaged that contractors will commence work on-site in late 2024.