Hebden hotel and store plan shelved

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DEVELOPERS behind a £6 million scheme to build a hotel and supermarket at the entrance to Hebden Bridge have been given more time to convince Calderdale councillors to give them the green light.

Calderdale Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to defer a decision on the application for the former Mytholm Works site on King Street in order to allow Belmont Homes to complete full retail and ecological impact surveys.

Council planners had recommended the plan for refusal, but Councillor David Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland) said the retail impact assessment was needed to ensure the council came to the right decision.

“You’re asking us to make a decision, but we haven’t got the correct assessment to help us with that decision,” said Coun Hardy,

“If the decision is not right it could either help Hebden Bridge or decimate it.”

The scheme includes a 50-bedroom hotel and a small supermarket, which developers say would create 100 jobs.