Green light for Crosslee housing scheme

Land next to Crosslee, Hipperholme, between Halifax Road and St Giles Road.
Land next to Crosslee, Hipperholme, between Halifax Road and St Giles Road.

More than 140 houses can be built on land next to the Crosslee tumble dryer factory in Hipperholme, Calderdale Council’s planning committee has agreed.

Although concerns were raised about traffic movements during the construction phase, councillors decided that a management scheme would solve any problems.

Persimmon Homes (West Yorkshire) and Crosslee PLC want to build 147 homes with access off Spout House Lane.

Outline planning permission had already been granted for the site in June 2010 and the developers had agreed to pay £256,000 towards local affordable housing and education services.

David Lowther speaking on behalf of residents who had objected to the planning application said: “Having 40 tonnes wagons turning into an entrance there is totally outrageous - the entry son to the site should have been from the main road.”

He predicted the development would about four or five years to complete.

A representative from Persimmon Homes said: “Using the access from the main road would mean stripping out a lot more of the top soil than we wish to do at this stage.”

Building work is expected to begin at 7am six days a week and get quieter as it progresses.

Councillor Jennifer Lynn (Lab, Park) said the houses looked to be incredibly close together.

*Crosslee opened in 1985 after a management buy-out of its predecessor, Philips UK.