Tempers flare as Copley scheme gets thumbs-up

THE transformation of the Copley valley is one step closer after councillors gave it their backing at a heated meeting last night.

The £62.5m plans to build houses, industrial units and leisure facilities in Copley were approved by Calderdale Council’s planning committee at a lengthy meeting last night.

Council officers had recommended it be permitted, subject to legal discussions.

It was a tense two-and-a-half hour meeting for the 80 objectors who called out concerns to the panel and developer Genr8.

It had to be adjourned at one point to allow tempers to cool.

The meeting ended with objectors yelling abuse at the panel after they voted in favour of the scheme.

They shouted: “You’re a disgrace,” and “It’s a fix” at the six members after Danielle Coombs (Lab, Ovenden) and chair Daniel Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) proposed and seconded the scheme before councillors Robert Thornber and Martin Peel raised their hands in agreement.

Ruth Goldthorpe (Lib Dem, Todmorden) was the only member to vote for refusal of the plans.

David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) removed himself from the meeting as he will chair a scrutiny panel tomorrow to discuss the contaminated vegetables found at the Milner Royd allotments.

l See tomorrow’s Courier for a full report on the meeting.