Derelict pub to be given its last orders

AN empty pub which has been the subject of vandalism and burglaries could be demolished to create a new residential estate.

Plans have been submitted to Calderdale Council seeking outline planning permission to build on the site of The Bramble Inn on Holly Bank Road, Rastrick.

The proposals will see a mixture of 11 semi-detached and town house properties constructed on the land.

Planning agents Calder Architectural services said in a report: “The property has been boarded up for some time following thefts and vandalism.

“The former Bramble inn does not have any architectural merit being of a relatively modern brick built construction and its location does not lend itself to alternative uses. With the close proximity of housing it is not in an ideal location as noise issues could potentially be a problem to the adjacent neighbours.

“It is not thought the village would support a large restaurant or similar as it is not on a major road network and could potentially create nuisance for nearby neighbours.

“It is felt that the demolition and conversion to residential use would be an appropriate use and would benefit the adjoining property owners.”

New driveways and parking areas will be created along with the breaking up of the current surface to create grassed gardens. Whilst there are existing trees on the adjacent land no trees will be affected by the proposals say planners.

Similar plans were submitted in 2007 to build 12 new homes on the site but were rejected.

The public can comment by on the proposal by contacting Planning Services, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN quoting reference number 11/00688/OUT or visiting www.calderdale.gov.uk

The deadline for comments is August 26.