Moorland farm in planning wrangle

Having failed to get planning approval to restore a derelict farm or to demolish the ruins, Yorkshire Water has put in an appeal.

The farm at Nook End, Long Causeway, Rishworth, has been empty for years.

In 1999, Yorkshire Water sought permission from Calderdale Council to bring it back into use.

But planners decided that it had deteriorated to such a degree that there was very little worth preserving.

It has no roof, the north wall is the only one standing along with half of the southern wall and 30 per cent of the eastern and western walls.

In November, the council also refused permission for the remains to be demolished because it said they has historic and heritage value.

Yorkshire Water has now launched an appeal which will be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate by way of written representations which must be submitted before April 18.