THE first stage of a huge plan to regenerate the Copley Valley will go before councillors today.
Developers Genr8 want to spend £62.5m building homes and industrial units on land between Copley and Holmes Road in Sowerby Bridge.
The first planning application for the land will be heard by Calderdale Council planning committee.
Officers have recommended the plans to rebuild Canal Bridge for approval.
The works would also include improvements to the junction at Wakefield Road and Hollas Lane.
The existing bridge would be demolished and a new one, significantly widened to allow improved traffic flow, will be built.
Existing walls and ramps at the site would be rebuilt and safety barriers would be put in place.
The new bridge would include a footpath, bridleway and carriageway.
Protesters from Copley Valley Environment Protection Group handed in more than 500 objections to the proposed new bridge over the canal into the former Sterne Mills site.
Full plans for the scheme – which developers say would bring millions of pounds in wages and 600 jobs to Halifax –are expected to be released within weeks.