Huge housing plan for Copley Valley

Work starting on the Copley Valley road regeneration project on Sterne Mill site, Hollas Lane, off Wakefield Road.'Pictured is Hollas Bridge
Work starting on the Copley Valley road regeneration project on Sterne Mill site, Hollas Lane, off Wakefield Road.'Pictured is Hollas Bridge

Plans to build 149 new homes will be considered by a meeting of Calderdale Council’s planning committee next week.

The proposals for the construction of apartments, garages, semi-detached houses, detached houses, linking roads and public spaces.

The application was submitted by Genr8 Developers Ltd and Taylor Wimpey (Yorkshire) Ltd who are looking to develop the site on Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge, which has been dubbed ‘The Island’ and form part of the wider Sowerby Bridge/Copley Valley scheme.

The land, which was formerly occupied by Sterne Mills is vacant and has been cleared of past developments.

The scheme has been met with some local resistance with concerns raised about building in an area which could be at risk of flooding.

Concerns have also been raised that the new homes will add to congestion and pollution levels in Sowerby Bridge.

There are also worries that the new scheme will not help with the provision of local affordable housing.

There have been objections that the proposed four-storey apartments will be an eyesore and spoil views.

Health concerns have also been raised due to the site being situated between two air quality ‘blackspots’ and the potential for ground contamination and radon gas.

Lloyds Banking Group has raised concerns about the project and how it will impact current parking arrangements for its staff at the Copley Data Centre.

Planning permission for the wider Sowerby Bridge/Copley Valley scheme was granted in 2011, and will see the construction of a major new relief road between Wakefield Road and Fall Lane.

The application will be considered by Calderdale Council’s planning committee at Halifax Town Hall from 3pm on Tuesday, November 17and is open to the public.