Log cabins proposal refused by planners

PLANS to build 22 log cabins on a former quarry have been refused by council planners.

They said the application on land at Wham Leigh Quarry, Clay Pit Lane, Sowood, did not demonstrate the ‘very special circumstances’ needed to build on green belt land.

The cabins were planned for use as holiday homes and retirement homes with facilities for disabled children.

Calderdale Council Planning Committee met to discuss the plans at Halifax Town Hall.

In the past the land has been used for tipping waste and there were concerns that if the application was refused tipping would start again.

Councillor Daniel Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden), who chaired the meeting, said that because the site is almost at capacity, in terms of tipping waste, the amount of vehicle movements would be limited.

“Even if they did start tipping again there is only so many vehicle movements that can happen before it’s full,” he said.

“This would be the case if the ground had to be levelled for the cabins or if we refused the application.”

Councillor Conrad Winterburn (Lib Dem, Greetland & Stainland) spoke at the meeting against the proposals.

“I believe this development would be completely incompatible with the area,” said the councillor.

“Access is extremely poor and development of the site would be overbearing in relation to neighbouring properties.”

Access was a key issue as there is only a single track road up to the site.

Committee member Coun Stepehen Baines (Con, Northowram & Shelf) said: “The only thing this application would do is to remove an unsighlty blot on the landscape.

“The problems with it is that it would open up a constant flow of traffic.

“I think it is a very danegrous junction.”

Councillor Keith Watson (Con, Greetland & Stainland) supported the application.

He said: “This is one of the few developments that would make an improvement on a brownfield site.”

The planning committee voted unanimously to refuse the application.