West Yorkshire Fire Service selling off land for housing

Part of the fire service headquarters site in Birkenshaw is up for sale. Picture: Google Street View

Part of the fire service headquarters site in Birkenshaw is up for sale. Picture: Google Street View

Part of the fire service headquarters site in Birkenshaw has been put up for sale for a housing development to be built on the land.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was granted outline planning permission last year for up to 30 homes on the surplus land at Bradford Road, which covers 3.68 acres.

It follows a modernisation programme which has seen the former control centre building and some administrations offices at the site left vacant.

It is now being marketed with offers invited in the region of £2 million.

The fire service wants to sell off the now surplus land while retaining its HQ at neighbouring Oakroyd Hall, a listed building on the wider site, in addition to various offices and training facilities.

Funds from the sale will be reinvested in the service.

The plot of land contains a two-storey building which housed the brigade’s control centre handling emergency calls for 40 years until its move to Leeds in 2014.

The once-adjoining IT department has also been relocated to another part of the headquarters site.

In addition the plot for sale includes 11 former houses that were converted into offices in the 1980s, but became surplus to requirements and have stood empty since 2013.

The outline plans approved by Kirklees Council allow for these existing buildings to be demolished to make way for the housing development and for the creation of a new access road off Bradford Road.

A brochure states of the plot: “It forms the north-eastern portion of Oakroyd Hall adjoining Bradford Road (A651) and currently encompasses six small office buildings, a large communications building, car parking, together with open gardens and grounds.

“The existing buildings will need to be demolished as part of the proposed redevelopment scheme.”

It adds that the indicative scheme, which has the benefit of outline planning approval, is for the development of 24 detached houses and six semi-detached houses, all with garages, parking and gardens.

This was granted subject to the signing of a legal agreement to secure the provision of affordable housing, and financial contributions totalling £174,000 towards open space, education, MetroCards, and bus shelters.

A WYFRS spokesperson added: “We are pleased to be able to market this part of our headquarters site, which is no longer required by the Fire Service.

“The site has planning approval for a 30 plot residential development, however, we will consider any offer made with a view to generating as much revenue as possible for re-investment into our Fire and Rescue Service.”

More details can be found at walkersingleton.co.uk.