Plans rejected for new homes

Controversial plans for a new housing development on White House Farm in Holmfield have been rejected by Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee.

Proposals were put before the committee to build 22 new homes on the site, which is currently used by Sutcliffe Pallets, which is looking to sell the land.

Planning permission to build on the land was approved by the council in 2003 for a smaller area of the land, but the application expired after three years.

Further attempts to gain planning permission on the land were made in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

Speaking at the meeting, Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth & Mixenden) said objectors to the latest proposal had been subjected to verbal intimidation because of their opposition to the plans.

Chair Daniel Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) also raised concerns at the meeting that, if approved, the proposal would eventually lead to further developments being built on nearby fields.

Councillor David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) said the latest proposal was no different to anything he’d seen planned for the site before and that green belt within Calderdale was ‘sacrilege’.

Around 20 members of the public were present at the meeting objecting to the application.

Kim Pearson, joint-owner of the Holdsworth House Hotel, which is situated next to the site, said: “The objectors are very pleased with this sensible decision.

“Holdsworth is one of the oldest settlements in Halifax and should be protected from inappropriate developments.”