Cabinet to come up with a masterplan for former landfill

Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve. North Loop extention to nature reserve on Hillside in the distance.
Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve. North Loop extention to nature reserve on Hillside in the distance.
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Lower Valley open spaces and wildlife is the top of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet agenda.

Members agreed to further develop a Masterplan for the Cromwell Bottom area - where the council owns 100-acres of land between Elland and Brighouse.

Calderdale Council plans to build an environmentally friendly visitor centre and cafe at the entrance to North Bank Loop former landfill site.

The vision is to enhance the area to provide residents and visitors with improved access to outdoor recreation facilities, a new environmental learing centre, improved wildlife conservation and sustainable employment opportunities.

Proposals include construction of a network of walking and cycling trails; recreational facilities including geocaching, camping, canoeing; installation of a hydro-generating plant; employment space; training facilities and more.

Deputy leader of the council, Coun Scott Benton, said: “It is hoped more people will be introduced to the area. The nature reserve is an important site for wildlife and people are largely unaware of the importance of the site.”

Coun Benton hopes the site will attract visitors to the area and the development is “very exciting”.

The area could become Calderdale’s first official country park.

Councillor Ann McAllister (Rastrick, Con), said: “It will be a feather in Calderdale’s cap.”