Gannex plan ready to roll

PLANS to build 65 new homes and workshops on the former Gannex Mill site are expected to get the thumbs up next week.

Pennine Housing 2000 and developers John Radcliffe and Sons hope their scheme will create up to 350 jobs.

The finger of land between Huddersfield Road and Dewsbury Road, Elland, will also provide space for access roads, car parking, service yards and landscaping.

Calderdale Council Planning Committee has been recommended to approve the scheme when it meets on Tuesday, with 36 detailed conditions.

Head of planning Geoff Willerton will tell councillors in a report that any conflict with planning policies is outweighed by material considerations.

“The proposal would bring substantial regeneration benefits and secure substantial mixed use development of a vacant and partially cleared site. “The applicants have demonstrated a substantial unmet demand for affordable housing and the type of employment proposed in Elland.”

The whole scheme is expected to cost £20 million.

The workshops should create space for as many as 200 jobs and the first phase could be completed towards the end of this year.

The two, three and four bedroomed homes will be built with the aid of a £4.5 million Government grant and will be made available for rent and shared ownership.

The Environment Agency has asked for more evidence to show that watercourses have the capacity to cope with climate change and the new buildings but Yorkshire Water has no objections.

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