Residents will have to wait to find out whether a new abattoir will to be built in Holywell Green.
J and E Medcalfe Ltd applied to build a new abattoir at Burrwood Way industrial estate so they can close down their existing abattoir at Jagger Green, Halifax, which they say is no longer a suitable site.
Planning officers had recommended the plans be approved by a planning committee despite 10 letters of objection from residents worried about the risk of unpleasant smells, the spread of airborne diseases and the distressing cries of sheep.
But Coun Martin Peel (Cons, Sowerby Bridge) raised concerns about the proposed operating hours of the site.
The committee voted to defer the decision for later this month so the wording of the operating hours could be re-written by planning officers.