Plans approved after appeal

A Co-operative store, two shops and possibly a 56-bed care home could be in the pipeline for a Calderdale village.

The plans, submitted by CP Group, at the junction of Birkby Lane and Bradford Road in Bailiff Bridge have been granted by a planning inspector following an appeal.

The application was originally refused by the council’s planning committee back in October 2012 for three shops and outline plans for the care home.

Issues about road safety and the highway were raised as main concerns along with the amenity value for residents living in the care home.

Speaking at the hearing, Tim Waring director at CP Group, said he believed the whole development would help the village. “It will bring back into use a site that is currently derelict. Now, the site has a negative impact on its surrounding area but the site has been earmarked for development for sometime.

“The proposals are appropriate to the site.”

He said 40 full time jobs will be created and 50 part time ones as well as construction jobs in the short term.

Passing the appeal, inspector George Baird said: “I conclude that the proposed development would not have an unacceptable effect on the safety of pedestrians on Axminster Drive or that the development of a care home would result in unacceptable living conditions for prospective residents in terms of the amount and usability of external amenity space.

“As such the proposal would not conflict with the relevant policies of the development plan.”