Homes decision put off due to quarry noises fears

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COUNCILLORS have deferred a decision to allow two new houses on land near Marshalls Quarry in Southowram fearing future residents may complain about noise.

The application was for two detached houses on land in the garden of a house off Brookfoot Lane, which is also in the vicinity of Marshalls Quarry.

Calderdale Council’s planning committee heard a previous application had been refused but outline permission had since been granted on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.

No letters of objection had been received but councillors at Tuesday’s meeting raised concerns about the potential for future complaints against Marshalls by the houses’ residents, for dust and noise.

Councillor David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) said: “We can’t blight the company for noise, particularly one like Marshalls which is a huge employer.”

Councillor Stephen Baines (Cons, Northowram and Shelf) said: “I could go along with this proposal if conditions are beefed up to protect the existing business.

“There are going to be problems with dust and issues for residents there and I just want some stronger help for the business that may well suffer because of this, with regulators coming down on them which would be unfair.”

Committee chairman Councillor Daniel Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said they would vote to defer their decision for “environmental health conditions so complaints will not arise for noise against Marshalls, within reason”.