Community centre to become a home

A FAMILY will restore one of Stainland’s most recognisable buildings.

The Former Mechanics Institute, Stainland Road, had been used as a community centre but planning chiefs gave the go-ahead to change it into a home.

Ms Mahrunisa Hussain spoke at the meeting of Calderdale Council Planning Committee.

She said the building was beautiful and they had bought it with the intention of living there for many years.

“We want to pass this on to future generations of our family,” she said.

One of the main concerns raised in the planning report was parking outside the building.

This was dismissed by councillors on the committee who made the point that turning from a community centre into a dwelling would result in less traffic not more.

Coun Martin Peel (Con, Sowerby Bridge) said: “How can the problem of off street parking be exacerbated by one dwelling whereas we previously had a community centre?

“It is a red herring. There is nothing wrong with this application.

“I would wish them every success and happiness with it.”

Ms Hussain was warned about the state of the roof of the property which is in need of urgent repair.

She confirmed it would be the first thing they address as they intend on not wasting any of the improvement works taking place downstairs.

Coun Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden), chair of the committee, said: “This is a fantastic building, a lovely building and what is going to happen if we don’t take care of it?”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the application.