Plan for new abattoir goes before planners

A NEW abattoir is planned for Brookwoods Industrial Estate, Holywell Green.

J. & E. Medcalf Ltd wants to replace its existing facility at Jagger Green.

A report to planners says the current site is outdated with limited opportunity for improvement and has poor access.

The company’s consultants I. D. Planning, of Leeds, said a new, modern abattoir would enable the business to progress.

“It will also include viewing platforms and education/classroom space for trainee veterinary surgeons/butchers and those involved in the food industry.”

“The abattoir will provide improved animal welfare facilities and act as an important regional facility for farmers with injured animals.

“The support within the industry is extensive.”

Access would be reached off Burrwood Way and also by an estate road. The site has previously been given consent for industrial development.

There have been letters of support from Hird & Partners, veterinary surgeons, of Halifax, Calderdale Young Farmers Club and James Richardson, a tutor of meat technology at Leeds City College.

But, ward Coun Keith Watson (Con, Greetland and Stainland) expressed concern.

“I have mixed feelings until I investigate this more,” he said.

“It probably would be better, transport wise, but we are still having problems with that site that won’t go away.

“I live above the industrial site on a hillside and we have a history of noise and other bits and pieces.”

A slaughterhouse has been operating on the estate since 1993 by Medina which supplies halal meat and poultry.

Calderdale Council is expected to determine the application in November.