Clubs discuss Copley plan

Meeting: concerned society members attend to discuss the Copley Valley plans
Meeting: concerned society members attend to discuss the Copley Valley plans

COMMUNITY groups and societies met to discuss their concerns over controversial plans to regnerate Copley Valley.

About 30 people attended a meeting at St Paul’s Methodist Church.

Developer Genr8 hopes to transform the land between Holmes Road and Copley in a £65m project to create more than 200 homes and 600 jobs.

Anthony Rae, of Calderdale Friends of the Earth, urged campaigners to find specific details to base objections on, rather than just emotive issues. He said: “Now it’s coming up to the planning stage, we have to have some really good cases to put up a good objection. I think objecting on transport grounds is the strongest.”

Mr Rae said transport assessments admit it will have about an eight per cent increase in traffic at Calder and Hebble junction.

He also suggested developers were planning the project stages the wrong way round.

“By developing Copley first, rather than Holmes Road, traffic would jam up that junction.

“That means they couldn’t come up to do Holmes Road because that would add further pressure to the network.

“By developing Copley first, they are sterilising Holmes Road. They are doing it the wrong way round.”

He advised people to study Calderdale Council’s 2006 Unitary Development Plan to establish if the development acted against it. Steve Blacksmith, of Calderdale Bird Conservation Group, said a previous display by Genr8 stated that Salterhebble junction, up the hill at Skircoat Green and the end of Wakefield Road/Bolton Brow would be adversely affected.

Ian Oates, of Calder and Colne Rivers Trust, said: “I was given eight hours to read 2,000 pages of documents and then attend a consultation. That’s not a consultation.”

A report will be compiled and put to councillors.