Luxury brewery homes on way

THE brewery that used to "drive out the northern thirst" is a step nearer being converted into luxury homes.

Flats and houses are proposed in a "village" on the site of the former Websters' brewery in Ovenden Wood, Halifax.

Plans for the residential development have been submitted to Calderdale Council Planning Committee for The Fountain Head Brewery, Ovenden Wood Road.

Samuel Webster and Sons was founded in 1838 and supplied its famous brand beers including Green Label and Yorkshire Bitter all over the UK.

The brewery - with its advertising slogan "Drives out the northern thirst" - closed in 1996 with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

It comprises of a number of cottages, some modern houses and two Grade II listed buildings - the Maltings and Long Can - which are not proposed for development.

Eight letters of objection to the scheme have been received by planning officers, including one from Councillor Jennifer Pearson (Lib Dem, Warley).

Concerns have been raised about the development's impact on wildlife and flora in the area, the access points proposed and intensification of traffic.

Objectors have also pointed out that the demolition of buildings could result in deadly asbestos being released into the atmosphere.

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But chief planning officer Jim Metcalf said Environmental Services would