A row of empty Halifax town centre shops will be demolished and a car park built in its place.
Calderdale Council’s planning committee has approved plans to build a 21-space car park to replace the low level buildings between 21 and 35 Broad Street.
Councillor Bob Metcalfe (Town, Lab) said he thought the application would improve the street scene and that the owner had gone to extreme lengths to try to fill the properties.
“I believe the car park will serve a use within that area and will help existing users in those buildings,” he said.
The applicant’s agent, Graham Foster, said that deliveries could no longer be made to any of the shops because of the railings, which put people off.
He also said customers could not get across the road easily and the car park opposite had closed as part of the Broad Street development.
He said that providing a car park may encourage more people to use the offices.
Councillor David Hardy (Elland, Lib Dem) said they should be looking at moving forward.
“It is not sustainable as it is now so I think we should go against the officers recommendations and permit,” he said.
Councillor Stephen Baines (Shelf, Cons) agreed and said that the shops had looked derelict for some time.
“It looks unsightly and gives a bad impression of Halifax when we get new visitors,” he said.