Crown House, 12, Southgate, Huddersfield

Application number: 2022/62/93932/W (click on number to go to full application on Kirklees planning website)

Crown House, 12, Southgate, Huddersfield, HD1 1DEPictureCrown House in Huddersfield. Photo from Google Street View.

​Huddersfield Civic Society has welcomed plans to turn one of Huddersfield’s landmark buildings into student accommodation.

The former tax office Crown House has been empty for many years and now company Abode Manchester 2 Ltd want to transform it into 198 studio apartments with ancillary concierge and communal facilities including an open plan lounge, coffee bar and gym at ground floor, with laundry, car parking, cycle store, parcel store and plant rooms at basement level and associated works including the installation of new cladding and windows to the elevations with a new roof garden atop the building.
Comments made on behalf of Huddersfield Civic Society

Huddersfield Civic Society supports the proposed conversion of Crown House for student accommodation, particularly with its location between the main university and the proposed health campus.

However, we note a number of areas of concern:

The applicant should provide a more detailed statement about potential reduction of energy usage and how the alterations support that.

Although provision is made to allocate a bin store we have concerns about how the waste/recycling is collected from the 198 flats as well as questioning the physical size of the bin store. Will there be a collection system on each floor for the 18 residents on that floor?

In line with Active Travel arrangements we would have expected a cycle route/link to support cycle use, along with secure bike storage within the building for a larger number of its residents.