Why a plan to build studio flats in Halifax was rejected

Plans to build studio flats in Halifax have been rejected
Plans to build studio flats in Halifax have been rejected

Proposals to build studio flats in Halifax have been rejected by Calderdale Council.

Mr Mubarak Mohammed Roumi Mohammed Al-Naimi had wanted to build 20 studio apartments at land to the west of 61 Woodside Road, Boothtown, Halifax, but his application for outline permission has been rejected on grounds of highways safety by council planning officers.

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Objections were raised about increased traffic, studio flats appealing to younger people in a neighbourhood of older people, parking concerns, wildlife issues and qustions of privacy, but it was highways matters that were most problematic for the officers.

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Their report said: “There are no objections in principle to residential development at this location, however, whilst it is noted that the application is outline for access only and comments have been made relating to a wide range of matters, the access proposals are not currently acceptable from Old Lane or Woodside Road.

“Segregated pedestrian access should be provided from both accesses to ensure pedestrian safety isn’t compromised, vehicular access points and parking areas need to ensure that there is adequate space within the site to turn to exit in forward gear and access arrangements need to be provided with adequate highway visibility splays and pedestrian visibility splays.

“Provision needs to be made for a refuse collection point and access by cyclists at both levels is required to be addressed in order to be acceptable on highways grounds.”

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