Derelict land looks for a new lease of life

Land for development at the bottom of Bramston Street, Rastrick
Land for development at the bottom of Bramston Street, Rastrick

WASTE land at the bottom of Rastrick could be set for a makeover if plans are approved for a new development.

Proposals for the site on the corner of Bramston Street and Thornhill Road would see 12 town houses, with a mixture of four to five bedrooms, built on the land.

Comments made by people at the Brighouse community workshop during the Local Development Framework consultation has seen the planning agents Greenstone Design, on behalf of Barclay Firth Ltd, include a screen of landscaping to the Bramston Street and Thornhill Road elevations.

Green open space will also be incorporated into the development site.

The area was formerly the commercial site for Salford Works and Robinson Mech-Elec Ltd and has been vacant waste land since 2004.

A report from the planning agents says: “The redevelopment of this site will enhance the local area in terms of regeneration of a long term vacant site.

“The height of the development is such that it will not have a negative relationship with nearby housing.

“The proposal will provide an interesting and sympathetic design to enhance the surrounding area with landscaped gardens all facing the perimeter wall.”

Access to the new estate will be via Scotty Croft Lane and it is proposed to widen the entrance on to Bramston Street.

Developers have requested discussions with Calderdale highways department and advice sort with regards to the access widths and kerb measurements throughout the planning process.

The layout and arrangement of the houses aims to compliment the shape of the site following the natural curve.

Natural stone will be used that will incorporate the traditional designs of the existing buildings in Brighouse.

A small park area will be created and trees and plants used on the site will help to assist in crime prevention.

The applicant says it has no issues with the impact of traffic to and from the site.

Research found that the volume of vehicles would not be greater number than that of the previous site use prior to 2004 when Robinson Mech-Elec Ltd was based there.

Previous reports into the historic workings on the site showed that 91 vehicles per day on average visited the site.