New abattoir is given ok from council

Calderdale Council Planning Committee have given the green light to a new abattoir.

A decision on the proposed facility at Burrwood Way Industrial Estate, Holywell Green, had been deferred from a meeting earlier this month.

Councillors had expressed concerns over the opening hours of the building which will be run by J & E Medcalfe Ltd.

However, discussions between council officers and the company managed to draw up two possible solutions for councillors to consider.

One was found to be more preferable to all parties involved and this was forwarded as a condition for the granting of planning permission.

The condition limits the arrival and departure of vehicles to the site between 6am and 11pm Monday to Saturday with no movement on Bank or Statutory Holidays.

In addition, all outdoor loading of the vehicles by fork lift trucks will be limited to between 7am and 9pm Monday to Friday and between 7am and 7pm on Saturdays.

Alistair Flatman, who spoke as an agent for the applicants, told the committee: “We accept the conditions being imposed.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the proposal.

The firm said they needed to build the new facility to replace their existing factory at Jagger Green, Halifax, which is no longer suitable for use.

A new state-of-the-art will improve productivity and efficiency and allow the company to continue to grow.

It will be subject to a raft of conditions and regulations.

These relate to the storage of animal waste and other operations as well as using appropriate materials for the building.