Waterwheel may light up the castle

Carr Hall Castle in Yorkshire is named the winner of the best house in Britain.
Carr Hall Castle in Yorkshire is named the winner of the best house in Britain.

A LARGE waterwheel attached to one of Calderdale’s most impressive buildings could be restored with the aim of generating electricity.

The owners of Carr Hall Castle, which was once voted Britain’s Best Home, want to make use of the wheel as part of a scheme to create more living space.

The Victorian mock gothic listed building at Holywell Green, Halifax, is used for weddings and private parties, and can be hired for exclusive use for £8,000 during the summer months.

The five-star rated property was restored over four years at a cost of more than £1 million by Leeds businessmen Terry George and his partner Michael Rothwell.

Previous planning applications for alterations and extensions were withdrawn because of concerns by Calderdale Council planners about the effect on the overall appearance of the ornate property.

“It is hoped that the third attempt to obtain planning permission for a bedroom extension, now with a linked renewable-energy scheme, will convince planners that a sufficient body of evidence now exists to weigh in favour of the submission,” according to the owners’ agents, Identity Interior Design.

The scheme involves pulling down part of a single-storey extension, building a two-storey extension and work on the waterwheel to install a generator.

Mr George said the alterations and extensions to create a kitchen and bedroom were modest and harnessing power from the waterwheel would would be an enormous advantage.

“The wheel might have been added in the past for cosmetic reasons but it will be a valuble asset if we can use it to generate electricity for the house,” he said.

Carr Hall Castle is a Grade 2 listed building.

The property was constructed by the Shaw family, mill owners of Holywell Green.

It housed the bailiff who bred shire horses for Brookroyd Mills and was latterly known as Redman’s, the name of the bailiff to the Shaw Estate.

Mr George bought the castle in 1992 for £1 million.