Planning hitch delays Hebden factory expansion

How the extension to Nutclough Mill, Hebden Bridge, might look.

How the extension to Nutclough Mill, Hebden Bridge, might look.

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A scheme to enlarge a important factory have been put on hold because of a last minute planning problem.

Calrec Audio, in Hebden Bridge, wants to build an extension to its factory at Nutclough Mill.

But Calderdale Council Planning Committee this week adjourned a decision after solicitors acting for objectors pointed out that the listed building was attached to a row of cottages, whose occupants should have been formally consulted.

To proceed could have left the council open to a legal challenge.

The cottages’ own listed status was been established following a High Court case in 1982, when a group of residents challenged the council’s plan to knock them down, said Helen Taylor, who lives in the terrace.

She said: “Nobody wants Calrec to leave - they are a great company to have in Hebden Bridge. We want them to stay and we want them to prosper and grow.”

But neighbours were concerned that the large extension, not made of natural stone, would loom large close to their ground floor windows and also take away some of the town’s quaint heritage and character, she said.

Calrec managing director Roger Henderson said: “Tuesday’s decision was disappointing but we remain hopeful of a positive resolution to our application in December.”

The company makes world-class broadcast products many which are exported worldwide.