Approved plan sparks anger

Problem parking at Gate Head Mill, Greetland.
Problem parking at Gate Head Mill, Greetland.

Plans to convert a derelict mill into homes were given the green light in a planning meeting despite vocal objections from residents.

Five residential units will be developed at Gate Head Mill, Gate Head Lane, Greetland, after an application made by Robert Halstead was granted by Calderdale councillors.

Calderdale council planning committee heard there had been 12 objection letters; with three objectors submitting two objection letters twice over present and future aggravated parking problems.

Currently, Gate Head Lane residents park in a lane lay-by as their is insufficient parking outside the nine cottages for the 16 residents’ cars. They use the derelict mill to maneuver vehicles in the narrow lane.

The converted mill will hold seventeen spaces for five properties.

Colin Lavender, of Gate Head Lane, an objector who addressed the committee at Halifax Town Hall said: “We’re not opposed to the redevelopment but we wanted a wider lay-by so that nine vehicles could park rather than three parking nose-to-nose.

“We’re concerned the emergency services won’t be able to access our properties as we’ll still use the lay-by to park our cars.”

Coun Martin Peel (Con Sowerby Bridge) said: “Where you maneuver your cars is on the applicants land. The mill has permission for industrial use which could begin at any time, so, this development has to be preferable.”

The application was unaminously approved by councillors with an additional condition: Gate Head Lane will be surfaced.