Storthes Hall no longer being considered for asylum seeker accommodation

The Home Office has confirmed it is no longer considering student accommodation at Storthes Hall as housing for asylum seekers.

Earlier this year, it was reported plans to tear down student flats at Storthes Hall Park in Kirkburton had been submitted to Kirklees Council by developer Ubrique. If approved, 261 homes will be built in their place, along with 550 parking spots, public open spaces and landscaping.

Since the development plans surfaced, rumours have been circulating about the site being used by the Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers, causing a great concern among residents. While the Home Office was considering the site, it has since been confirmed this is no longer the case.

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As for the future of Storthes Hall, a decision on Ubrique’s plans to demolish the flats and build hundreds of properties in their place is yet to be determined, despite a target date for a council decision having been set for March.

The developer has applied for outline planning permission, meaning that if the current application is approved, a further one will need to be submitted before the scheme can go ahead.

While the proposals would see the loss of some student housing, the application says that there is enough elsewhere in Huddersfield to meet the needs of the town's student population going forward.

The proposed layout of the homes at Storthes Hall
The proposed layout of the homes at Storthes Hall -Credit:Ubrique Investments Ltd

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