Mill will make way for 14 new homes

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A PROPOSAL to build 14 homes on the site of a mill has been approved by councillors.

The application to demolish Rookes Mill, Norwood Green, had been recommended for refusal by planning officers as it is sited on green belt land.

However, Calderdale Council Planning Committee went against this recommendation.

Councillors heard that heavy goods vehicles servicing the mill have caused complaints from residents of Norwood Green.

Couns Graham Hall (Con, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) and David Kirton (Con, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) addressed the committee on behalf of the residents.

Coun Hall said: “Most residents are in support of this application.”

Coun Kirton said: “I am passionate about the green belt and the mill currently doesn’t add to this.

“The HGVs cause problems in the village so moving the business would benefit everyone.”

An agent for applicants Bower Green Ltd told the committee that the site had been up for sale for two years but there had been no interest.

“The owners have survived but in order to move forward and protect jobs they need to relocate to purpose built premises,” he said.

Coun Martin Peel (Con, Sowerby Bridge) said: “There is a need for the mill owners to move and for the residents to have more housing and safer roads.

“I feel this is a development that should be supported.”