£25m scheme creates concern over old pub

Pump Room
Pump Room

COUNCILLORS will on Tuesday discuss outline plans for a £25 million development at Horton Street, Halifax.

It includes the demolition of the Pennine Shopping Centre, New Road Business Park and real ale pub The Pump Room.

New, large footprint retail space would be created along with eating and drinking premises and car parking in the area would be increased from 150 to 500 spaces.

Council officers are in favour of the Royal London Property Fund project, subject to appropriate legal agreements.

English Heritage is supportive saying it would attract pedestrian movement through the Piece Hall and boost the town centre.

But, there is opposition to development with many concerned at the loss of the Pump Room.

West Yorkshire Archaeology says the pub is of interest with buildings on the plot dating back to the 1790s.

And, the Halifax and Calderdale Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has objected.

Its Pubs Officer Peter Robinson said the Pump Room is the only surviving building from the late 18th century development in that part of town and retains architectural features.

“Halifax town centre conservation area includes many elaborate mid to late 19th century buuildings, but retains remarkably few from the early 19th century, and only a handful from the 18th century or earlier,” said Mr Robinson, in a letter to the council.

“The design should be amended to allow the retention of an historically important building.”