Delay on decision over bid to build 11 new homes in Todmorden

A DECISION over controversial plans for 11 new homes in Todmorden has been deferred to try to find play space for children in the area.

Pennine Housing 2000 wants to build the houses at land next to Longfield Grove for the final stage of a development in the area.

But Calderdale Council’s planning committee has heard that the plans would mean the loss of space currently used for play by local youngsters.

The bid attracted 84 letters of objection. Other concerns were over access to the site, loss of wildlife and flooding.

Officers proposed Pennine should be askedto give £19.500 for play area provision in Todmorden but the committee heard there is nowhere immediately nearby where the cash could be spent to benefit the children in that area.

Although officers had recommended the bid be approved, councillors voted to delay their decision for discussions on where a play area could be provided.