Garden homes given go-ahead

PLANS to build four new houses on land at New Street, Clifton, have been approved.

The latest planning application to build four new houses at 144 New Street replacing the existing house, pool and garage, submitted by Gem Developments, was approved by Calderdale Council’s planning committee.

Councillors were told at the meeting at Halifax Town Hall on Tuesday that next door to the house in question permission had been granted for two properties in the garden of High Barn House and also an amended scheme for one large house was allowed at appeal.

Six councillors voted unanimously to permit the application meaning that permission has now been granted to build seven houses in two patches of land in the village lane.

The four new houses will predominately be two storey design but some will have further accommodation within the roof spaces. Two will front on to New Street and two will be set down the slope.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) who spoke on behalf of some of the residents who objected to the plans said he was disappointed with the decision. “One or two houses may have been acceptable but four and two extra next door is unbelievable,” he said.

“The village has lost its shops, post office, has a school that is oversubscribed and now it is losing its status as a village because it is turning into a suburb of Brighouse rather than having its own character.”

Ten letters of objection were received by Calderdale Council but the officers recommendation was to permit.

Councillor Stout said that if all the properties in the area built an extra two houses they would no longer have a village but a town. His main concern was a number of inconsistencies which arose in the application about the owner of the land and also the number of services available within the village.

During the meeting it was raised about the new regulations which came into force in July 2010 which prohibits people from developing in their gardens but because this was an amendment to an application submitted before July it did not qualify.

Councillor David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) said he couldn’t see any reason why it shouldn’t go ahead.