Luxury home plans get go ahead

Planning at St Gile's Road,  Hove Edge.

Planning at St Gile's Road, Hove Edge.

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Plans for another housing development in between Brighouse and Lightcliffe have been passed by councillors with more expected to come.

Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee passed proposals for ten substantial detached houses on the Deanhurst Garages Limited site on St Giles Road.

The committee heard how the site has previously been used for coach parking and garaging.

Neighbouring the area for the new housing development is a stone cutting site, more undeveloped land and the football ground of Brighouse Town FC.

Opposite the land is the recent housing development by Persimmon Homes.

Councillors heard that undeveloped land and stone cutting site are owned by two different owners.

Concerns were raised by the Council’s Environmental Officer who outlined that in previous applications all three sites should be secured and have planning permission for housing developments before any properties are occupied.

This was due to the potential of noise problems from the neighbouring sites.

However, the committee, who visited the site, were satisfied that this would not be an issue if the proposals were passed.

Committee member Councillor Ferman Ali said: “Previous history has been referred to and when presented this plan would be part of a bigger plan for housing.”

Coun Faisal Shoukat was also in agreement that this plan would be the first stage of larger housing development on the other pieces of land.

Planning agents Brummitt Architects said: “The proposed development of ten private executive houses for sale will complement the varied range of smaller family houses and apartments currently available in Lightcliffe.

“The impact of the new houses on neighbours will be minimal, while the adjustments to the access road will improve the existing arrangement by defining the highway edge more clearly.”

Planning officers said that the development is within Green Belt and the application must be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

However, officers said the plans should go forward due to outline planning consent being in place and the improvements to visual and residential amenity.

The committee passed the plans unanimously with conditions and with final approval sought from the Secretary of State.