Plans to transform Copley are unveiled

THE first look at the final plans for the controversial Copley Valley development are now available - and they show it could include a 40-bed hotel.

The plans, which on the Calderdale Council website, show the £62.5m project will bring 577 jobs, 190 houses and 24 flats to the area. It would also include shops, restaurants, cafes, office and industrial units.

The proposed hotel is the fourth currently in the works for Halifax. Plans have already been approved for converting Theatre Royal, Wards End, and another 81-bed hotel on Silver Street. Premier Inn have confirmed they will open a 100-bed hotel at the Broad Street development.

More than six hectares of land will be left as green space and include a nature reserve.

Roads and bridges will be developed and money will be put into developing flood defences on the land between Copley and Holmes Road, Sowerby Bridge.

It has previously been used as a wire, dye and sewage treatment works.

Residents have built a strong opposition to the plans. The Copley Valley Environment Protection Group.

Richard Ingham from developers Genr8 said they feel the application will make a “very positive contribution” to the area.

He said it would be a real boost for the local economy.

“The decontamination of this former industrial site, as well as the new nature reserve and wildlife area, will transform the area into an extremely sustainable and desirable place to live, work and play,” said Mr Ingham.

He said they will continue to work with local groups to make sure the development includes their input.

Campaigners say the development is unnecessary and will destroy local habitats.

It has been in the pipeline for most of the last decade.

A decision is expected by June 20, with representations closing on April 1.

ruth.mosalski@halifaxcourier.co.uk