MORE flats can be built in the centre of Mixenden even though 100 or so have been standing empty for the past three years.
Councillors have reluctantly given approval for 14 apartments in a five storey building beside the ill-fated Dodge Holme Court.
Six blocks of high rise flats were built by the council in Mixenden, Halifax, in the 1960s, each comprising of as many 100 properties.
Cragg Court was pulled down and Dodge Holme Court was sold to a private developer in the 1980s.
In the summer of 2009, Dodge Holme was declared a fire trap and the residents were forced to move out, leaving it empty.
Drayton Designs Ltd has now been given the goahead by Calderdale Council’s planning committee to build apartments with a basement mini market on a former lock-up garage site at Dodge Holme Close.
The application originally went before councillors in March last year when it was deferred for further information.
Committee chairman Coun David Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland) told last night’s meeting he wanted to reject the application because of the abundance of flats and apartments in the immediate vicinity. But he said the scheme was in accordance with the policies and proposals in the Unitary Development Plan.
Councillor Martin Peel (Con, Sowerby Bridge) said: “I have struggled to come up with a reason for refusal it but there isn’t one. It could cost the council thousands of pounds on appeal.”
*Pennine Housing which owns the remaining tower blocks at Mixenden is spending £3.6 million on a scheme to provide high grade insulation which should reduce heating bills.
But the work only affects Mixenden Court, Jumples Court and Wheatley Court, as a decision has still to be made about the long term use of Hebble Court, where nearly half of the 96 flats are vacant.