Extension of Rokt centre given approval

A new extension to the Rokt climbing gym that will see more adventure activities added to the building has been granted planning permission.

Calderdale Council has agreed to retrospective proposals to expand the centre at the former Sugden’s Flour Mill on Mill Royd Street, Brighouse.

Rokt had applied to change the use of part of the derelict building to form an extension to the existing facility.

In a report by the Council’s planning officers they said: “The proposal is an extension to an existing use, and it is considered that it will have no greater impact on the future comprehensive redevelopment of the site than the existing climbing gym.

“Although the proposal is for a single use it will not comprise a disproportionately high amount of that use and will enhance the mixture of uses within the locality, as there are limited recreational developments within the centre of Brighouse.

“It is also considered that the economic and recreational benefits of the proposal add further support to the proposal and justify the recommendation to permit.

“It is considered that there are exceptional circumstances that justify the proposal, and these are the economic and recreational benefits of the proposal.”

Agents Cadvis3d for Rokt said the extension will improve the look of the dilapidated building and provide more jobs. Rokt hope to create a family bouldering/training room, indoor BMX ramps, a cave system, a training room and rope climbing to be spread out across five floors.