Plans to convert former Tower House Hotel in Halifax into nine homes

Councillors will consider proposals to convert a Halifax hotel building into nine homes when Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee meets next week.

Saturday, 15th August 2020, 3:00 pm

Carmabel Developments has applied for permission to change the use of Tower House Hotel, Pye Nest, with its function room and restaurant, to five four-bedroomed dwellings and four three-bedroomed dwellings, involving partial demolition and new build.

One letter of objection has been received raising concerns including highway safety and impact building might have on foundations.

Ward councillor – and the Mayor of Calderdale – Coun Dot Foster (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) has written to the committee saying she is concerned about the effect on local infrastructure of a “significant development in an already overdeveloped area”, in particular the impact of traffic on local roads which she says are already at capacity.

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Tower House Hotel in Halifax

“The road to the former Tower House Hotel is narrow, and it is not possible for two cars to pass – what steps has the developer taken to mitigate for this?

“The impact of building traffic on the local area will be significant and I would request that this be borne in mind and limitations be placed on working hours to protect the local community, including those resident nearby and those resident on the surrounding streets which will be affected by the traffic,” she said.

She said she felt nine homes in a small area appeared to be excessive.

The Planning Committee meets in virtual form and it can be seen on the council’s YouTube channel from 2pm on Tuesday, August 18.