Thirty new homes on green belt is OK, say councillors

echo. Bus repair site at St Giles Road, Brighouse, on a piece of land where homes plan rejected. -Ebus1-3-
echo. Bus repair site at St Giles Road, Brighouse, on a piece of land where homes plan rejected. -Ebus1-3-

AROUND 30 new houses will be built on green belt land.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the development off St Giles Road, Lightcliffe, at a meeting of Calderdale Council planning committee.

The council’s planning officer, Geoff Willerton, had produced a report recommending the application be refused as it was in the green belt, among other reasons.

However councillors went against the recommendation, citing very special circumstances that the land had been used for industry and was not traditional green belt.

It currently houses a “graveyard” of old buses.

They also decided the development would be an improvement to the site, currently used for storing stone and repairing buses.

But because it is a green belt area, the planning application will have to go before the Secretary of State for a final decision.

The housing idea has come from site owner Steve Rand, of Rand and Asquith, who said he was pleased with the outcome.

He said: “We had outgrown the land’s use and had moved to a place that has left us causing less of a nuisance to the local community.

“It’s a very common sense decision and we hope that when it goes before the Secretary of State he sides with the feelings of the local people.”

The decision comes after permission for 167 houses was granted at an adjacent site on land belonging to the Crosslee factory.

Concerns were raised about the impact of traffic on the already extremely busy Hipperholme crossroads but council officials found the increase in traffic would be minimal.

Former councillor Chris O’Connor spoke on behalf of objectors at the meeting.

He said: “I understand that it is currently an eyesore but there are other options that the council never looks at.

“Things could have been put in place like tree screening or they could have taken action to have the site tidied up.

“Calderdale Council always takes the easy option.”

Councillors were shown provisional plans for 30 houses on the site but this will be clarified with a further application once development is finalised.