Link road delay is approved

An artist's impression of the development at the Copley Valley.
An artist's impression of the development at the Copley Valley.

Calderdale Council has approved an application to delay the construction of a second link road at a controversial development in Sowerby Bridge.

The project near Wakefield Road will see two link roads constructed as well as housing and industrial units, with the first road already completed.

But developers GenR8 told the meeting that construction of the second link road to Fall Lane would need to be delayed until they received some income from the sale of the new units.

GenR8 said that without the change, the development would be held back and insisted the second application was not about funding issues, although they said some of the funding for the second link road will come from the sale of the housing and industrial units.

Councillor Adam Wilkinson (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) told the meeting the developers had been given millions of pounds of public money through the now defunct Yorkshire Forward and that there was bound to be an impact on traffic problems in Sowerby Bridge because of the delay in building the second link road.

Councillor David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) expressed concerns that the original application had not mentioned such an alteration may be necessary and said it “beggars belief”.

Chair of the planning committee, Coun Daniel Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth & Mixenden), said that there had been some benefits to the scheme and that overall, it would be beneficial to the area.

The application was approved unanimously by the committee.