Village library in Bailiff Bridge near Brighouse up for auction


Written by: Will Thompson on 19th January 2023

Brighouse Village Library

With a guide price of £79,000, the old Bailiff Bridge village library near Brighouse could be yours, with bidding to start at 10am on Tuesday, February 21. 

The Devon Way building was closed by Calderdale Council in January 2019 due to health and safety concerns about the building, with alternatives including Brighouse and Halifax’s Central Library being used by most customers, said the authority.

As such, with council finances tight, the council’s financial situation meant spending money on it was not an option, councillors heard at the time, with money raised from the sale going into central funds.

The building, which is about two miles north of Brighouse, is a residential development opportunity, comprising a single storey former library, approximately 132 square metres (1,419 square feet) on a site of approximately 0.05 hectares (0.124 acres)

As it stands, the building consists of 121 sq m (1,302 sq ft) of “open plan” library, 1.9m (20 sq ft) of storage, a 3.5 m (37 sq ft) kitchen and a 5.5 m (59 sq feet) canteen.

But there is outline planning consent for demolishing the existing building to enable development there of two homes. Details of that application – number 20/01084/LAA – can be found on the council’s Planning Portal.

Bailiff Bridge Library, Devon Way, Bailiff Bridge, will go under the  hammer in Pugh's February auction. The building was closed by Calderdale Council in 2019.  Bidding on the building will close on Wednesday, February 22.

For more information on the property or to register to bid, follow this link

About the Author

Will is an auction surveyor at Pugh & Co, representing a wide range of vendors, including local authorities, charities, and corporate and private clients, on the disposal of all types of property and land. Will can provide advice on the value and disposal strategies of residential, commercial, and industrial properties/portfolios, as well as sites with development potential. He holds an MSc in Real Estate and is a member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.