Agricultural building plan approved despite animal waste run-off concerns

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Councillors have approved planning permission for an agricultural building on green belt land at Halifax despite residents' fears animal waste would run into rural beck.

The application for the building, at Swales Moor Farm, Swales Moor Road, Halifax, was passed by Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee, who had heard there were concerns from neighbours over issues including waste because of Red Beck’s position below the area, the visual impact on the Shibden Valley skyline, and its proximity to the Grade II listed Scout Hall.

Claims the building would be a continuation of development by the Leo Group, which has business premises close by, had also been made.

The application was submitted by Leo Sawrij Ltd, and officer reports said construction of new buildings in the green belt should be regarded as inappropriate, save for exceptions which included buildings for agriculture and forestry.

The applicant has provided evidence in respect of the agricultural business – the site is part of a holding of approximately 64 acres – and required the building to shelter animals in winter and store machinery.

Typically there are between 200 and 400 sheep at the farm and between 40 and 70 cattle.

Officers acknowledged in their report that there is extensive history linked to the industrial and waster transfer business on the opposite side of Swales Moor Road but no previous planning history on the farm site. It would be directly in front of an existing building, so would not increase the visual impact or harm the wider setting, they said.

Some conditions must be met over foul, surface water and drainage systems as well as external works, including screening of the site, before the first operation of the development, and retained thereafter.