Village library in Bailiff Bridge near Brighouse up for auction

Will Thompson

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

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Will heads up the Partner Agent channel at Pugh’s and has a strong background in business development and channel management.

Will joined Pugh’s in 2019 to develop the partner agency offering and meets with residential and commercial agents to create and manage these partnerships. He is responsible for the overall success and direction of the partner agent channel at Pugh’s and works closely with numerous departments at Pugh’s to do so.

Before Will joined Pugh’s, he worked as a Corporate Business Consultant as part of a senior business development team at IRIS Software, working with national corporates and public organisations.