New shops for pool site

Brighouse Swimming baths - closed signs and pool
Brighouse Swimming baths - closed signs and pool

THE former Brighouse pool will be transformed into a new retail unit.

Developer Bill Ibberson has unveiled his plans for the building in Mill Royd Street after contracts were signed and sealed last month with Calderdale Council.

The building which closed in 2006, and the two adjoining car parks was placed on the open market just over a year ago after the council said it was surplus to requirements.

“We have been in negotiations and started having meetings with national retailers for the site,” said chief executive Mr Ibberson.

“The first came on May 18 and another outfit came at the end of the month. I cannot tell you the names but they are national players.

“We have had loads of interest in the site and people have contacted me saying they would like to be in the unit prior to Christmas, although I don’t think that will be manageable. But it will be a retail led scheme.”

He said his plans were also back on track for his health centre which is planned on the opposite side of Mill Royd Street on the corner of Huddersfield Road.

A decision was due on May 21 but the plans were delayed for a bat survey and other comments from the Environment Agency.

“The Council has had the information for a couple of weeks now so we are hoping for a positive response. We don’t envisage any further problems,” said Mr Ibberson.

The businesses that are currently on both sites will be relocated.

“Arrow Coaches and the car wash are successful businesses and we will be accommodating them elsewhere within the site or in Brighouse.

“We are planning our development around ROKT because it is a success and a valuable attraction to the more mature youth of Brighouse,” said Mr Ibberson.

He is also working with Tourer World to find them an alternative site.

Crowtrees Garage and the sales room has already relocated.