Villagers win battle on housing

Verdict: a government inspector has dismissed a bid to build bungalows in the grounds of the old Shelf Sanatorium which closed in 1988.
Verdict: a government inspector has dismissed a bid to build bungalows in the grounds of the old Shelf Sanatorium which closed in 1988.
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RESIDENTS in Shelf are celebrating after a controversial planning appeal was dismissed.

St Vincent’s Housing Association had applied to build ten bungalows in the grounds of the old Shelf Sanatorium, off Green Lane.

This was rejected after campaigners backed by Councillor Stephen Baines (Con, Northowram/Shelf) fought the plans.

The initial application was rejected but the housing association vowed to appeal the decision.

Planning inspector George Baird said: “The need for and lack of provision for affordable housing is a material consideration that attracts significant weight.”

However there was concern about increased congestion in the area and the effect on protected trees.

“The proposal would conflict with the objectives of development plan policy and the appeal should fail,” said Mr Baird.

Coun Baines said: “I am pleased that common sense has prevailed - the application just didn’t stand up.

“I believe Northowram and Shelf are already overdeveloped and the infrastructure would struggle to deal with it.”