Company's appeal against refusal of drive-through plans on former Dews Garage site to be heard

A company’s appeal against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse it permission to demolish and redevelop a former car sales site in Halifax will be heard in virtual form next month.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:06 am

Hallmark Developments (North West) Limited wanted to demolish the existing buildings, at Dews Motor Group Limited Northgate, to build two drive through coffee shops or restaurants with car parking and ancillary retail sales.

But last May the council refused permission because the development was considered not to preserve the setting of the nearby listed buildings and character and appearance of the adjacent Town Centre Conservation Area in line with its planning guidelines.

The council also considered the proposal would not ensure safe movement by pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists, also against its guidelines.

Site of the former Dews garage, Northgate, Halifax.
Site of the former Dews garage, Northgate, Halifax.

The Planning Inspectorate has now said the appeal will be heard in virtual form on May 12 and May 13 (from 10am), with the parties concerned invited to join the process via Microsoft Teams or telephone.

Those wishing to attend must make their interest known to the Planning Inspectorate case officer- Milena Opolska via email [email protected] – as soon as possible by email or telephone.

The Planning Inspectorate reference number is APP/A4710/W/20/3261625.

When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk.pcs and the council’s own website.