Public inquiry to decide on Casa’s future

The new extension at The Casa Hotel and Restaurant, Brighouse.
The new extension at The Casa Hotel and Restaurant, Brighouse.

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that a public inquiry will be held to decide the fate of a Brighouse hotel and restaurant.

Castelite Ltd has lodged an appeal with the Secretary of State against an enforcement notice issued by Calderdale Council relating to the construction of a new building on land at The Casa Hotel and Restaurant, Elland Road, Brighouse.

Planning permission had previously been granted for a proposed extension for conference and function facilities, subject to conditions.

But the council has issued the enforcement notice due to a breach of planning control, the building being at least one storey higher than the approved two storey extension, and the building causing “considerable harm” to the openness of the surrounding Green Belt land.

Castelite Ltd is appealing the notice on the grounds that the alleged breach of control has not occurred; that the steps required to comply with the requirements of the notice are excessive and lesser steps would overcome the objections; and that the time given to comply with the notice is too short.

The date and venue for the public inquiry have yet to be confirmed.

Anybody wishing to comment on the appeal can do so by visiting www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs.

Alternatively, post three copies to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/23 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN. Mark them for the attention of Kate Parfrey and quote appeal reference number APP/A4710/C/14/2224364.

The deadline for receipt of representations is October 14.